Minnie Stevens Piper music collection, circa 1940-circa 1949
Minnie Stevens Piper was a Texas based musician and composer who wrote the popular "Prayer for Peace," which garnered heavy rotation during World War II, and became a staple in churches around the world as part of Easter celebrations. As a child, Mrs. Piper studied music and composition in both France and Italy, and she sang in choirs by the age of ten. She lived around the world, including England, Mexico, and New York, before settling in San Antonio. Although she played the piano and performed most of her life, she didn't attempt to write music until she was 68, after the removal of two fingernails left her hands too sensitive for the piano keys. Her compositions were well received and her music was played by the New York Symphony Orchestra as well as the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra, among others.
Mrs. Minnie Stevens Piper was married to Randall Gordon Piper, and she raised a foster daughter as well as an adopted son. She died in San Antonio in 1955 at the age of 85. The Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation was established in the 1950s and awards Texas-based professors for teaching excellence.
"Mrs. Minnie S. Piper, Composer, Dies at 85," San Antonio Express, October 3, 1955.
"Have you Met Mrs. Minnie Stevens Piper?" San Antonio Express, March 24, 1946.
The Minnie Stevens Piper music collection consists of three 12 inch lacquer sound discs featuring two compositions, which were most likely recorded in the 1940s in New York City. The recordings, titled "Epic Poem" and "Mother," also feature Kenneth Walton as either the conductor or pianist.
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Minnie Stevens Piper Music Collection, circa 1940-circa 1949, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by Amanda Reyes, October 2017.
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