The National Music of America - online book

The Sources & Factors Influential In Forming America's Music.

Home Main Menu Singing & Playing Order & Order Info Support Search Coupon Codes

Share page  Visit Us On FB

Previous Contents Next
The National Music of A merica. 157
bands, entitled "The Washington March." When Washington was elected the first President of the United States, some musi­cian hit on the idea of composing something better to celebrate the event and for per­formance on public occasions thenceforward. Again we find the conflicting stories connected with the composition which seem to accompany almost every successful piece of national music. To state the ascertained facts first; it is definitely known that the composition was written in 1789, and that it was called "The President's March." Regarding its first performance and its composer there is some doubt. William McKoy, in "Poulson's Advertiser" for 1829, states that the march was composed by a German musician in Philadelphia, named Johannes Roth. He is also called " Roat " and "Old Roat," in some accounts. That there was a Philip Roth living in Philadel­phia at about this time may be easily proved,
Previous Contents Next