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Today in WMH: His Days Had Been So Wondrous Free

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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.

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