William Billings

William Billings Sheet Music

  • Born
    7th October 1746
  • Died
    26th September 1800
  • Birthplace
    Boston, Massachusetts, USA

William Billings is regarded as the first American choral composer. William Billings was born in (and died in) Boston, Massachusetts. At the age of 14, the death of his father stopped Billings' formal schooling. In order to help support his family, young Billings trained as a tanner. He possibly received musical instruction from John Barry, one of the choir members at the New South Church, but for the most part he was self taught.

Title Form Instrument
Music in Miniature Sacred Mass Solo voice(s)
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Instruments Solo voice(s)
Forms Sacred Mass