James Hewitt


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(1770–1827), born in England, came to New York in 1792, where he became a conductor, instrumentalist, and composer, after 1812 continuing these activities in Boston. His compositions include sentimental songs; piano sonatas; program pieces for orchestra; and operas, of which Tammany or the Indian Chief (1794), with a libretto by Anne Julia Hatton, was one of the earliest U.S. operas.

From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Literature.

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