The American composer, pianist and Swedenborgian, William Mason (1829-1908), was a member of a musical family...some today might call it a dynasty. His father was the composer and music pedagogue Lowell Mason, a leading figure in American church music. William's younger brother, Henry Mason (1831-1890), was a co-founder of the piano manufacturers Mason and Hamlin. His nephew, Daniel Gregory Mason (1873-1953), achieved distinction as a composer, author, and professor of music at Columbia University.
Rev. Charles Mann, editor of the Messenger and minister in both Orange, N.J. and New York City, wrote in the July 29th, 1908 issue:
In the realization of the New-Church doctrines in their application to assuaging the sorrows of life, Mr. Mason held himself to a high standard like those which he applied to the expressions of his art.
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