William Billings

1746 - 1800

While Billings is best known as America's first choral conductor and composer, many of his choral compositions were arranged for voice and piano as songs.


Billings was a largely self-taught musician. Most of his compositions were written for four-part choir singing accapella, and because of primitive copyright laws, Billings' compositions were reprinted in various hymnals and other publications throughout the new nation of America. He achieved great popularity in his lifetime, but his compositions fell out of favor near the end of his life, and he died virtually penniless.

Songs & Song Collections BY Billings (entered to date)
POETS & Writers Set BY Billings (entered to date)

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