1768–1831

Introduction

Born: Sep­tem­ber 12, 1768, Lon­don, Eng­land.

Died: May 24, 1831, Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia.

Buried: St. Pe­ter’s Epis­co­pal Church, Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia.

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Biography

After stu­dy­ing mu­sic un­der Sam­u­el Ar­nold and Charles Wes­ley II, Carr em­i­grat­ed to Am­er­i­ca in 1794, set­ting up mu­sic pub­lish­ing bu­si­nes­ses in Phil­a­del­phia and New York Ci­ty. He found­ed Carr’s Mu­sic­al Re­po­si­to­ry, thought to be the first mu­sic store in Phil­a­del­phia.

His 1794 Fed­er­al Over­ture marked the first Am­er­i­can print­ing of Yan­kee Doo­dle and Hail Co­lum­bia. His 1796 The Arch­ers, or the Moun­tain­eers of Switz­er­land, based on the sto­ry of Swiss na­tion­al he­ro Will­iam Tell, is one of the first Am­er­i­can op­er­as of which piec­es still sur­vive.

He al­so played the or­gan at St. Pe­ter’s Epis­co­pal Church in Phil­a­del­phia, and, be­gin­ning in 1801, was mu­sic di­rect­or at St. Jo­seph’s Ca­tho­lic Church in Phil­a­del­phia.

Publications

Sources

Music