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James Hewitt (1770–1827)

The Fourth of July: A Grand Military Sonata Back

James Hewitt was born in England and was the director of the court orchestra for King George III. In 1792, he emigrated to New York where he worked as a musician and jack-of-all-trades, including music printing. In 1812, he became organist of Trinity Church, Boston. This “grand military sonata” was originally composed for piano. Its eight sections give a flavor of an early July 4th celebration. The final movement is the patriotic song "Hail Columbia."