Compositions For A New Nation

Apr 4, 2013

Cover of Billings' "The Psalm Singer's Amusement" from 1780
Credit Wikimedia Commons

William Billings was America’s first prominent composer, publishing The New England Psalm Singer in 1770, the first book of songs written by an American. 

His friend, Paul Revere, engraved the cover.  Not everyone enjoyed his music, however.  Pranksters hung two cats by their tails from a signpost outside his house, comparing the cats’ cries to his music.