Music and Musical Literature [excerpt]
(From McKinley Memorial Association.)
The Triumph of Faith. Text by Marian E. Kelly.
Music by Lynn B. Dana.
ON the occasion of the anniversary of the birthday of William McKinley,
October 5, 1917, at his birthplace and home, Niles, Ohio, the citizens
of the Mahoning Valley erected to his memory the McKinley Memorial
Hall, enclosing a beautiful statue of William McKinley. The musical
committee invited Marion E. Kelly, poet and Lynn B. Dana, musician
and composer, to arrange for an appropriate musical setting, and
these two artists wrote “The Triumph of Faith.”
The Triumph of Faith is an oratorio
of the character of a symphony. The musical score as well as the
text is designed to unfold epochs in the life of William McKinley
and its aspect in the country’s history.
The musical setting includes the orchestra
score, choruses and soli. As is most appropriate, dignity and seriousness
permeate the composition throughout.
The composer conducted the performance,
and the Dana Musical Institute Orchestra, of which he is conductor,
was present in a body.
The oratoria [sic] had been
in conception for something over a year. It is worthy of note that
the chorus “The Call to Arms” portray- 
ing the early crisis in the life of the boy soldier, was written
on the morning of April 6, 1917, the day of our declaration of war