Francis Hopkinson

1737 - 1791

Francis Hopkinson may have been a signer of the Declaration of Independence, but he is also credited as America's first poet-composer, and his song "My Days Have Been so Wondrous Free" (1759) is regarded as the earliest surviving American secular composition. In fact, in the dedication to his Seven Songs (1788), Hopkinson declared "I cannot, I believe, be refused the Credit of being the first Native of the United States who has produced a Musical Composition."

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A recording of this song is available through Instant Encore as part of American Public Media's Performance Today series, presented by Classical Minnesota Public Radio. You can download a recording of Thomas Hampson's 2009 Song of America recital for free through the Instant Encore website with the download code: THSOA2009.

POETS & Writers Set BY Hopkinson (entered to date)
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