But the fascination of this man is his invisibility. Here was a composer who sold over 5 million copies of his sheet music. Just think of that - an army of Simper anthems - yet he is now practically invisible. Do a web search on Simper and you will come up with only a handful of entries.
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My focus is on the music he wrote, preserving what has been found. Special thanks to those who have helped in this project, either through their own preservation efforts or in supplying scores to me. Stephen R. Beet has sent me over scores through the mail, that have been scanned and put up here.
His preservation efforts go back long before mine! This list enabled me to add copyright dates, edition numbers, and verify many titles. Various local churches that I have visited to search through choral libraries. I was first exposed to his choral music in the church choir back around with the piece "Break Forth Into Joy".
I recently gained access to the library at the church where our director was from. It contained about 15 original Simper pieces and I managed to get good scans of them. About the list below Some others were obtained from book scans sent to me by Stephen R.
It is not known if all the titles exist as I do not have many of them and cannot confirm their existence, nor can I be sure that this list is complete. Note that the Season and Type columns might not be very accurate. I also had to guess at some and so some listed as Choral might actually be Hymns.
There can also be some duplication of titles. I would very much like to complete this list by adding new or better scans. Please, if you have Simper music that is not on this list, let me know if can it be arranged to have them scanned to my specifications and mailed to me.
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