John Antes

Born: 1740

Died: 1811

Birthplace: Frederick, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA

The story of John Antes, an American Moravian Missionary, is one that extends far beyond his faith. Besides being the first American Moravian Missionary to travel and work in Egypt, Antes is credited with being one of the earliest American-born chamber music composers and the maker of perhaps the earliest surviving bowed stringed instrument made in America. Although Antes is often recognized for his choral works, such as Go Congregation Go! and Surely he has Bourne our Griefs, the mystery surrounding the creation of his "six Quartettos" is also well known.

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