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American Civil War Songs

The American Civil War songs were vibrant in style, function, and feeling. Many of the marching songs and hymns are still recognized today for their impact on modern American music. This page is based on the book The Civil War Songbook: Complete Original Sheet Music for 37 Songs written by Richard Crawford. In this book,

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William Shakespeare Hays

William Shakespeare Hays (July 19, 1837 – July 23, 1907) Newcomers to the poetry and songwriting of William Shakespeare Hays might rightly question how a boy born in Louisville, Kentucky in 1837 came to be named in such a way. They would then learn that it was not parental humour, but literary prowess which earned

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Stephen Collins Foster

Stephen Collins Foster (July 4, 1826 – January 13, 1864) The history of western music in the 19th Century includes many chapters on great European composers who sadly died “too young”. Enormous fascination exists for Mozart, Schubert, Chopin and Mendelssohn, none of whom saw their fortieth birthdays. However, whilst the music of these Austrian, Polish

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Philip Paul Bliss

Philip Paul Bliss (July 9, 1838 – December 29, 1876) It was fifty years after the death of Charles Wesley, generally recognized as the greatest writer of hymns the world had seen, that Philip Paul Bliss was born in very humble surroundings in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania. This young boy, who spent his first six years

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Carrie Jacobs-Bond

Carrie Jacobs-Bond (August 11, 1862 – December 28, 1946) Alongside a large catalogue of popular music which delighted both audiences and fellow musicians, Carrie Jacobs-Bond is perhaps best remembered (and rightly celebrated) for having overcome tremendous hardships, tragedies and professional difficulties. She would eventually become the most successful female composer in her field and managed

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Anthony Philip Heinrich

Anthony Philip Heinrich (March 11, 1781 – May 3, 1861) Few 19th Century composers built such musical bridges between Europe and the United States as Anthony Philip Heinrich. Born in Bohemia (the modern day Czech Republic) in 1781 he enjoyed a comfortable upbringing and early adulthood, having inherited several businesses fro m an uncle. Unfortunately

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