Annie’s Hymn

« previous episode | next episode »

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Annie S. Hawks was a 19th-century hymnist from Hoosick, NY. She wrote poetry from her teenage years. Later, in her 30s and while doing her housework in Brooklyn, Annie had an epiphany: it occurred to her that whether in joy or pain, she needed the closeness of her “master."  That day she wrote some of her most important lyrics “I Need Thee Every Hour." By the time of her death she had written 400 hymns.

Composer Charles Ives was born two years after Hawkes composed “I Need Thee Every Hour” and grew up hearing it in church. While in his 30s, Ives used the hymn tune in his Third Violin Sonata. Tonight we hear Ella Fitzgerald singing it and violinist Gregory Fulkerson plays the Ives sonata. Also, the harpsichord makes a comeback through the music of Kenji Bunch, Hans Krasa and Phillip Glass.


Zueignung, Op 10/1

Richard Strauss

Rene Pape, bass

Brian Zeger

WNYC Archives


Prelude & Fugue no.9 in E

J.S. Bach

Helene Grimaud

Deutsche Grammophon


Variations on a Theme of Paganini

Johannes Brahms

Jean-Yves Thibaudet



The Queen’s Chamber Band

Veronica Salas, viola

Elaine Comparone, harpsichord

Capstone Records


Concerto for Harpsichord and Orchestra

Phillip Glass

Northwest Chamber Orchestra

Ralf Gothoni, conductor

Jillon Stoppels Dupree, harpsichord

Orange Mountain Music


I Need Thee Every Hour

Annie Hawkes, Robert Lowry

Ella Fitzgerald

Capital Records


Violin Sonata No. 3

Charles Ives

Gregory Fulkerson, violin

Robert Shannon, piano


Hymn for the Lost and the Living

Eric Ewazen

James Lebens, trombone

Eric Ewazen, piano

Leave a Comment

Email addresses are required but never displayed.

The WQXR e-newsletter. Show highlights, links to music news, on-demand concerts, events from The Greene Space and more.