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Sunday, 22 June 2014

Composer

Francesca Caccini (1587 – 1641) finished the opera-ballet La Liberazione di Ruggiero in 1625, which was performed at a reception for Wladyslaw IV of Poland. It is widely considered the first opera by a female composer.

The first American composer is usually considered to be William Billings (1746-1800). A tanner by trade, he was a self-taught musician, who published his first collection of church music, the New England Psalm Singer in 1770. Despite his prominence, he was never able to make an adequate living and he died in abject poverty.

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