Early American Composers

Timothy Swan

Timothy Swan (1758-1842) was a native Massachusetts. He began to compose after attending singing school for three weeks when he was sixteen. After serving as a fifer during the Revolution, he settled first in Suffield, Connecticut (about 1783-1807), then in Northfield, Massachusetts, where he spent the rest of his life. Swan was a hatter by trade, and also taught singing schools. He was a gifted composer and something of a poet as well, who wrote and published both secular and sacred music.

The following excerpt is from - Fair Northfield; The Home of the Evangelist Moody - The New England magazine. / Volume 5, Issue 28, February 1887

"Timothy Swan, the composer of China, Poland, and other pieces of sacred music, was born in Northfield, in 1758. The thick hedge of poplars and lilacs that secluded his house from observation was the home of a multitude of blackbirds, for which he seemed to have an special fancy, taking much care to protect them from harm. He was undoubtedly very eccentric. One of his musical compositions was written in the presence of a dying child at night. It is said that the well known China, one of the most lugubrious of tunes, but a great favorite in old times, was composed while he was recovering from a fit of intoxication, and was written with his finger in sand on Beers Plain."

Timothy Swan MP3 collection

This is a collection of MP3 files of the music of Timothy Swan arranged for small instrumental ensembles. You can download the collection in the form of a "zip" file at the link below. After making your secure Paypal or Credit Card payment, you will be directed to the download link. The collection consists of the following pieces:

China
Dover
Florence - MP3 sample
Greenland
Lutestring
Ocean
Portland
Rainbow
Russel
Canon - MP3 sample
Warren

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Justin Morgan

Justin Morgan (1747-1798) was known both for his elegant penmanship and as a singing master. He conducted both writing and singing schools, apparently traveling widely to do the latter. Morgan was also one of early America's most original composers.

In addition to his ongoing musical activites, Morgan was also involved with horse breeding. The famous "Morgan" horse was named after him.

Justin Morgan MP3 collection

This is a collection of MP3 files of the music of Justin Morgan arranged for small instrumental ensembles. You can download the collection in the form of a "zip" file at the link below. After making your secure Paypal or Credit Card payment, you will be directed to the download link. The collection consists of the following pieces:

Amanda - MP3 sample - This unique piece was composed by Morgan for his wife Amanda, who had died soon after the birth of one of their daughters.
Huntington - MP3 sample
Montgomery
Weathersfield
Symphony
Sounding Joy

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