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John Hill Hewitt

John Hill Hewitt (July 11, 1801 – October 7, 1890) John Hill Hewitt was an American songwriter born in July 1801 in New York City. Along with music he is also known for his plays and poetry. Hewitt was born into an extremely musical family and was exposed to music from a very young age.

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John Hewitt Comments on Henry Russell

This is excerpt from John Hewitt’s book Shadows on the Wall or, Glimpses of the Past, where he talks about Henry Russell, their relationship, and their music. Henry Russell. The descriptive songs and ballads of this composer and vocalist are still much in vogue. He spent much of his time in Baltimore, though New York

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Henry Russell

Henry Russell (December 24, 1812 – December 8, 1900) Henry Russell was born in Sheerness, Kent, in the South of England, during the year 1812. Russell was a pianist, singer and composer. He was born into a Jewish family, and was dedicated to music from a very young age, and started learning piano from the

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Frederic Woodman Root

Frederic Woodman Root (June 13, 1846 – November 8, 1916) Frederic Woodman Root was born in Boston in 1846, son of George Root, a well known songwriter at the time. His mother, Mary Olive Root, was also a famous singer, thus, Root grew up surrounded by music. At just 5 years old, his father had

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George Frederick Root

George Frederick Root (August 30, 1820 – August 6, 1895) George Frederick Root was an influential songwriter, born in August 1820, in Sheffield, Massachusetts. His work mainly focused on issues regarding the American Civil War. As a young boy, Root trained on piano under the guidance of George J. Webb, and also studied the flute alongside this.

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Victor August Herbert

Victor August Herbert (February 1, 1859 – May 26, 1924) Victor August Herbert was born on the island of Gurnsey in 1859.  He was an American born composer of Irish ancestry. Herbert began his musical career at the age of 15, learning instruments such as the piano and piccolo.  He then decided to settle on the

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Official State Songs of the United States of America

Every state in the United States has adopted an official state song. Some of the states have changed their state songs over times, but most of them have kept the same song since they adopted it. These state songs provide an interesting view into the history of each state and what type of environment the

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American Spirituals

What are American Spirituals? American spirituals are worship songs, hymns, and music written to honor and praise God. Many of these pieces of music are historical and cherished today for not only their message but also their musical brilliance. Most Popular American Spirituals Here’s a list of some of the most well-known American Spirituals and

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Ragtime Piano Music

What is Ragtime Piano Music? Ragtime piano music is genre of music that often has syncopated melody lines and well accented accompaniments. This style of piano playing started in the 1890s by African American musicians. It made a profound impact on popular music in its day and still can be heard today. Popular Ragtime Piano

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Naval Songs

What are Naval Songs? Naval songs have played an important role in US Navy history as well as US military history. Naval music is traditionally patriotic in nature and often expresses the anguish of sailor while displaying his loyalty to the country and his duty. Most Famous Naval Songs in US History This list of

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