Happy Birthday to You (Hill, Mildred)

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Original version: "Good Morning to All" (1893)

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Publisher. Info. Song Stories for the Kindergarten
Chicago: Clayton F. Summy, 1893.
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Revised version: "Happy Birthday to You" (1922 or before)

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Publisher. Info. The Everyday Song Book, No.16
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General Information

Work Title Happy Birthday to You
Alternative. Title Good Morning to All (original title)
Composer Hill, Mildred
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 1
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1893
First Publication. 1893 in Song Stories for the Kindergarten (No.1), as "Good Morning to All"
Copyright Information Possibly public domain in parts of the EU and other 70 pma territories.
This item, public domain in its country of origin, is possibly likewise public domain in the EU due to the EU's implementation of Rule of the Shorter Term for non-EU works. This EU ruling might be superseded by bilateral treaties still in force between some EU countries and countries outside the EU (notably the USA).
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Librettist Patty Smith Hill (1868-1946)*
Language English
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation voice or voices, piano
External Links Wikipedia article
Extra Information *Patty Smith Hill's authorship of the "Happy Birthday" text is doubtful.
In the collection referenced above, Mildred is credited as the composer and arranger, while Patty is credited as author and adapter of the text. The familiar "Happy Birthday" text is not present in the original publication. It was published in a 1911 volume of song texts with no credit to Patty Hill and in later collections issued prior to the notorious 1935 registration of a piano arrangement by Preston Ware Orem. Likewise, Summy-Birchard and Warner-Chappell have made numerous claims that Patty Hill is the co-composer of the familiar melody (on the basis of a deposition given by Patty Hill four decades after the fact), but again this is not borne out in the credits found in the original volume. If Patty Hill had no hand in the music, the tune is public domain worldwide.

Misc. Comments

  • The score has one vocal line but no indication of how many voices were intended. However, since its original use was for kindergarten, this has been tagged for either a single voice, or multiple voices.