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Composers and Compilers
born in New England
before 1900


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Stoughton-born composer, Supply Belcher (1751-1836)


This list does not claim to list of all the composers and music compilers
born or active in New England.

It is a representative listing arranged alphabetically by town and state.




Dudley Buck

Bolton:  Oliver Brownson, 1746-1815 (compiler)
Branford: Simon Jocelyn, 1746-1823 (compiler)
Cheshire: Eliakim Doolittle, 1772-1859 (composer)
Danbury: Charles Edward Ives, 1874-1954 (composer)
East Hartford: Timothy Oldstead, 1759-1848 (composer, compiler)
Enfield: Amos Ball, 1744-1825 (composer)
              Russell Haskell, 1801-1884 (compiler)
Dudley Buck, 1839-1909 (composer)
Middletown: Reginald DeKoven, 1859-1920 (composer)
Milford: Andrew Law, 1749-1821 (composer, compiler)
New Canaan: Stephen Jenks, 1772-1856 (composer)
New Hartford: Asahel Benham, 1754-1803 (composer, compiler)
New Haven: Richard Donovan, 1891-1970 (composer)
                      Quincy Porter, 1897-1966 (composer)
Norwich: Ishmael Spicer, 1760-1832 (compiler)
Simsbury: Elijah Griswold, 1762-1844 (compiler)
Suffield: Joel Harmon, Jr. 1772-1833 (composer)
Union: Ebenezer Child, 1770-1866 (composer)
Wallingford: Amos Doolittle, 1754-1832 (compiler)
Washington: Thomas Hastings, 1784-1872 (composer, compiler)
Windham: Jonathan Huntington, 1771-1838 (compiler)



Joseph Brackett Jr.

Gorham: Joseph Brackett Jr., 1797-1882 (composer)
North Yarmouth: Elisha West, 1756-1832 (composer, compiler)
Portland: John Knowles Paine, 1839-1906 (composer)
Rockland: Walter Piston, 1894-1976 (composer)
Yarmouth: Carl McKinley, 1895-1966 (composer)
York: William B. Bradbury, 1816-1868 (composer, compiler)



George W. Chadwick


Andover: Jeremiah Ingalls, 1764-1838 (composer)
Attleboro: Daniel Read, 1757-1836 (composer)

                   Joel Read, 1753-1837 (compiler)
Aurburndale: Horatio William Parker, 1863-1919 (composer)

Beverly: Henry Kemble Oliver, 1800-1885 (composer, compiler)
                Isaac B. Woodbury, 1819-1858 (composer, compiler)
Boston: William Billings, 1746-1800 (composer)
               William Mason, 1829-1908 (composer)
               Jimmy McHugh, 1894-1969 (composer)

               Richard Storrs Willis, 1819-1900 (composer)
               Charles Zeuner, 1795-1857 (composer)
Boxford:  Samuel Holyoke, 1762-1820 (composer, compiler)
Bridgewater: Lewis Edson Sr., 1748-1820 (composer)

                        Lewis Edson Jr., 1771-1845 (composer)
Bedford: Isaac Lane, 1766-1803 (composer)

Brockton: Henry Morton Dunham, 1853-1929 (composer)
Brookline: Daniel Gregory Mason, 1873-1953 (composer)
Cambridge: Edward Burlingame Hill, 1872-1960 (composer)
                     Arthur B. Whiting, 1861-1936 (composer)
Canton:  Samuel Capen, 1745-1809 (composer)
                Edward French, 1761-1845 (composer)

                Jacob French, 1754-1817 (composer)  
               Elias Mann, 1750-1825 (composer) [also Northampton]
Carver: Abraham Maxim, 1773-1829 (composer, compiler)[also Plympton]
Danvers: Bartholomew Brown, 1772-1854 (composer) [also Sterling]
East Bridgewater: Nahum Mitchell, 1769-1853 (composer, compiler)
Framingham: Daniel Belknap, 1771-1815 (composer)
Hingham: Issachar Bates, 1758-1837 (composer)
Lowell: George Whitefield Chadwick, 1854-1931 (composer)
Marion: Carl Ruggles, 1876-1971 (composer)
Medfield: Lowell Mason, 1792-1872 (composer, compiler)
Medford: Rev. John Tufts, 1689 - 1750 (compiler)

Middleboro: Oliver Shaw, 1779-1848 (composer)
Newburyport: Daniel Bayley, 1725-1799 (compiler)
Newton: Frederick Shepherd Converse, 1871-1940 (composer)
Raynham: Amariah Hall, 1758-1827 (composer)
Roxbury: Rev. Thomas Walter, 1696-1725 (compiler)
Salem: Arthur William Foote, 1853-1937 (composer)

Sheffield: George Frederick Root, 1820-1895 (composer, compiler)
Shirley: Oliver Holden, 1765-1844 (composer, compiler)
                Hezekiah Moors, 1775-1814 (composer)
Somerville:  Henry Franklin Bishop Gilbert, 1868-1928 (composer)
                      Henry Kimball Hadley, 1871-1937 (composer)

Stoughton:  Alanson Belcher, 1810-1900 (composer)
                      Supply Belcher, 1751-1836 (composer)
                      Edwin Arthur Jones, 1853-1911 (composer)
Swampscott: Mabel Daniels, 1878-1971 (composer)
Taunton: Jezaniah Sumner, 1754-1836 (composer)
Topsfield: Jacob Kimball Jr. ,1761-1826 (composer)

Townsend: John Hubbard, 1759-1810 (compiler)
West Springfield: Justin Morgan, 1747-1798 (composer)
Woburn: Josiah Flagg, 1738-1794 (composer)
Worcester: Timothy Swan, 1758-1842 (composer)



New Hampshire

Mrs. H.H.A. Amy (Cheney) Beach


Henniker: Amy Cheney Beach, 1867-1944 (composer)
Merrimack: Walter Kittredge, 1832-1905 (composer)

Milford: Jesse Hutchinson Jr., 1813-1853 (composer)


Rhode Island

George M. Cohan

Gloucester: Stephen Jenks, 1772-1856 (composer, compiler)
Providence: George M. Cohan, 1878-1942 (composer)


Grand Total = 85 (composers = 70 + compilers = 15)






For more information about
some of the composers listed above,
click on these links:

American Music Recordings Collection (AMRC)

Composers Born in Massachusetts before 1920

Joseph Brackett's "Simple Gifts"

"Make A Joyful Noise" - The New England Harmony

"Millennial Praise" - Singing New Englanders

New England Heritage Music

Singing Stoughton
(home of America's oldest choral society)





First U.S. performances by...

Franz Joseph Haydn in Massachusetts


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in Massachusetts


Felix Mendelssohn in Massachusetts




Additional Resources


New England Song Series No. 1:

New England Song Series No. 3:

New England Song Series No. 4:

New England Song Series No. 5:

New England Song Series No. 6:


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