5/9 Today in Weird Music History: 1791. American statesman and songwriter Francis Hopkinson dies in Philadelphia. Besides being perhaps America’s first composer of art music, Hopkinson was a signer of the Declaration of Independence; an inventor, a visual artist, an essayist, a scholar, an organist, and a harpsichordist. His song from 1759, My Days Have Been So Wondrous Free, is considered to be the earliest surviving American secular composition. And he was also a tinkerer of musical instruments, providing Benjamin Franklin’s glass harmonica with a keyboard. A true Renaissance Music Man of the American Revolution.
Today in WMH: His Days Had Been So Wondrous Free
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