American Music Timeline | The 1800s

American Music Timeline American Music Timeline
Part II: The 1800s
by David Johnson

1814 1842 1861 1880 1891 1897 Next: 1900-1920

Francis Scott Key writes poem The Defense of Fort McHenry, which appears in The Baltimore Patriot newspaper
Key puts The Defense of Fort McHenry to music of popular British song, To Anacreon in Heaven, and publishes "The Star-Spangled Banner"
Philharmonic Society of New York founded, nation's oldest symphony orchestra
Circa 1850
Col. Sandford C. Faulkner believed to write music and words to The Arkansas Traveler, song (and also a play) about a country fiddler, popular in Ohio River Valley
Stephen Foster writes "Old Folks at Home" for a minstrel show
Julia Ward Howe writes poem for Atlantic Monthly, "Battle Hymn of the Republic," based on hymn, "John Brown's Body"; William Steffe (probably) writes music to create popular Civil War song
Musical play, The Black Crook, forerunner of musical comedy of 1920s
New York Symphony Orchestra founded
In Spring, by John Knowles Paine, performed in Cambridge, Massachusetts, first American symphony published in U.S.
Henry Lee Higginson establishes Boston Symphony Orchestra
Metropolitan Opera House opens in New York
Carnegie Hall opens in New York
John Philip Sousa composes march "Stars and Stripes Forever"; creates more than 100 popular marches, orchestral music
Composers Scott Joplin, James Scott, and Joseph Lamb establish, popularize ragtime, give birth to America's popular music industry, ending reliance on Europe
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