1768–1831

September 12, 1768, Lon­don, Eng­land.

May 24, 1831, Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia.

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

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After studying music under Sam­u­el Ar­nold & Charles Wesley II, Carr emigrated to America in 1794, setting up music publishing businesses in Phil­a­del­phia and New York Ci­ty.

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 founded Carr’s Musical Repository, thought to be the first music store in Phil­a­del­phia. 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. His works include:

  1. Madrid (Carr)