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Popular Songs in the Eighteenth Century


It is not possible even to estimate the age of any of the so-called American folk-songs, although it is probable that a number were in existence before 1800. On the other hand, the popular music of the eighteenth century is well known. The literature of peoples songs consisted largely of English ballads and songs, some of them introduced in the … Continue reading


Songs in Honor of Revolutionary War Characters


Other historical characters of the day were commemorated. When Lafayette returned to America in 1824 and 1825 many songs and instrumental pieces were written in his honor, but some were composed in the latter eighteenth century too. Young’s Vocal and Instrumental Miscellany, published in Philadelphia in 1794, contained Lafayette, “a new song”. When John Hancock died in 1793, there was … Continue reading


18th Century Concert Music – (continued)


Concerts often offered standard works as well as original compositions by the performers. Such names as Stamitz, Gretry, Vanhall, Boccherini, Pleyel, Martini and Handel were usually encountered. Haydn was represented by symphonies, piano sonatas, an occasional trio, and numerous “overtures” and “finales”, probably first and last movements, respectively, of symphonies. Mozart’s name does not appear as often as that of … Continue reading


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