Hymn writer (lyrics): Elisha A. Hoffman
Music composer: Anthony J. Showalter
Notes: Anthony wrote both the music and the refrain words for this hymn. This song, sung in the 1943 movie The Human Comedy, was nominated for an Academy Award in five different categories.
Musical Instruments and the Bible
In the Bible, musical instruments were made from a variety of available materials. Instruments were created using Brass (1Corinthians 13:1), fir wood (2Samuel 6:5), Juniper wood (1Kings 10:12), silver (Numbers 10:2) and the horns of animals (Joshua 6:8).
The instruments themselves that were used to make music included Cymbals (1Chronicles 15:19, 28), Flutes (Daniel 3:5, 7), Harps (Isaiah 38:20; Habakkuk 3:19), Dulcimers (double pipe - Daniel 3:5, 15), Trumpets (Joshua 6:4 - 6), Timbrels (which is like a tambourine - Exodus 15:20, Job 21:12), Lyres (Isaiah 5:12; Amos 5:23) and Viols (Isaiah 5:12). The general types of instruments made included those with strings, those that utilized air (wind instruments), and those classified as percussion (i.e. drums).
King David personally made several instruments (2Chronicles 7:1, 6, Amos 6:5) and well as his son King Solomon.
11. And also the navy of Hiram which brought gold from Ophir, brought in from Ophir great abundance of almug trees and precious stones. 12. And the king (Solomon) made of the almug trees supports for the house of the LORD, and for the king's house, also lyres and harps for singers. No such almug wood has come or been seen to this day. (1Kings 10:11 - 12, HBFV)
11. And the king made terraces by the walkways to the house of the LORD with the algum trees, and terraces leading to the king's palace, and lyres and harps for singers. And there were none such as these seen before in the land of Judah. (2Chronicles 9:11)