Abraham Wood (composer)

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Abraham Wood (1752 –1804) [1] was one of the first American composers.[2]

Wood was born in Massachusetts Bay Colony and was a drummer during the American Revolutionary War. He wrote Warren to commemorate the army officer Joseph Warren (1741–1775), who died courageously in the Battle of Bunker Hill and he wrote A Hymn on Peace to commemorate the Treaty of Paris that officially ended the Revolutionary War. This work was circulated as single pamphlet instead of part of a larger collection of sacred pieces, which was more common of the time.


Volume 6. Abraham Wood, The Collected Works, edited by Karl Kroeger. 144 pages, ISBN 0-8153-2301-8.

List of works[edit]

  • Worcester (How beauteous are their feet)MIDI
  • Marlborough MIDI
  • Warren
  • A Hymn on Peace
  • Brevity (Man, born of woman)
  • Walpole


  • "A Hymn on Peace" and "Warren" on The Birth of Liberty - New World Records [3]
  • "Brevity (Man, born of woman)", "Walpole", and "Worcester (How beauteous are their feet)" on Early American Choral Music Volume 2 Anglo-American Psalmody 1550-1800 on Harmonia Mundi[4]