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HOPKINSON, Francis
b Philadelphia, 21 September 1787
d Philadelphia, 9 May 1791, aged fifty-three

He was, in his own words, 'the first Native of the United States who has produced a Musical Composition'. His work was entirely vocal, with organ or harpsichord accompaniment. He was a judge from

1779 until his death. He wrote essays, poetry and pamphlets; drew and designed well; invented a shaded candlestick, a new method of quilling a harpsichord, and a metronome. As a statesman he was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.

1759 (22)

My Days Have Been So Wondrous Free, for voice and harpsichord

1763 (26)

Collection of Psalm Tunes

1767 (30)

The Psalms of David, for voices and organ

1788 (51)

Seven Songs

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