Agnes Burney (1839-1919) is a pseudonym used by Mary Holden Coggeshall, married name Mary C. Seward [Mary Holden Coggeshall Seward]. She was born in New London, Connecticut, and was educated at the Female Academy in Norwich, Connecticut. Her husband was composer Theodore F. Seward. She was best known for her work in humanitarian causes. She was a member of the International Sunshine Society; the Sorosis Club of New York City; the Woman’s Club of Orange, New Jersey; was twice president of the National Society of New England Women; and was president of the Blind Babies’ Hospital in Summit, New Jersey. She died on a train travelling to Buffalo, New York. Artistically, she was known for writing poems and hymn texts but did compose a small number of hymns and small choral songs. She collaborated extensively with her husband on a number of hymnbooks and choir training books.
All are SATB and unaccompanied unless noted in VOICING column. A noting of “div” indicates some divisi within a part or parts, but usually not a true independent part throughout the work. Solos and accompaniment are also noted.
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