American Music Timeline - Colonial Music

Updated February 28, 2017 | Infoplease Staff
American Music Timeline

Part I: Colonial Music

by David Johnson
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The Bay Psalm Book, Cambridge, Massachusetts, first book printed in British Colonial America, entire Book of Psalms translated into English meter; indicates dominance of religious music

Circa 1700

Black slaves include songs based on Old Testament stories in their worship services; beginnings of Negro Spirituals

Circa 1775

British soldiers sing "Yankee Doodle" to mock colonists; Americans adopt it as their own tune

Circa 1776

"Johnny's Gone for a Soldier," adaptation of Irish folk tune, popular during American Revolutionary War






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