Annals of Music in AmericaA Chronological Record of Significant Musical Events
1756. Mar. 16. New organ built by Gilbert Ash, dedicated at the City Hall, New York City, when an organ-concerto by G. A. Hasse was played.
In the same year a new organ was placed in King's Chapel, Boston, replacing the Brattle organ.
1756. The first mention of French horns in America made by Benjamin Franklin, writing of the fine music in the church at Bethlehem, Pa., where flutes, oboes, French horns, and trumpets were accompanied by the organ.
1757. Dr. Arne's "Masque of Alfred" given in Philadelphia by the students of the College of Philadelphia.
1759. The first known American song, "My Days Have Been so Wondrous Free," composed by Francis Hopkinson.
1759. The first avowedly musical organization in America, "The Orpheus Club," existed in Philadelphia, and was probably founded about this time.
1761. Feb. 3. Concert given by Mr. Dipper, organist of King's Chapel, Boston, in which two French horns were used. First mention of this instrumen