Center for Latter-day Saint Arts

On This Day...

A DAILY FACTOID OF OUR ART HISTORY

September 2

On this day (1877), Joseph J. Daynes played the organ at Brigham Young's funeral. Daynes was able to play the keyboard, have perfect pitch and create his own musical instruments--all at age 4. He even played while he was asleep. In 1867, Brigham Young appointed Daynes as the first Tabernacle organist when he was sixteen years old. Years later, people would continue to refer to Daynes as the composer who wrote Brigham Young's Funeral March for his friend and Prophet. http://www.mormonartwiki.org/index.php?title=Joseph_J._Daynes

Glen Nelson