Jacob French

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Jacob French
Born (1754-07-15)July 15, 1754
Stoughton, Massachusetts
Died 1817 (aged 63)
Occupation(s) Composer

Jacob French (July 15, 1754 – 1817)[1] was a singing master and one of the first American composers.[2] He was born in Stoughton, Massachusetts.


  • The New American Melody (1789)
  • The Psalmodist's Companion (1793)
  • Harmony of Harmony (1802)

List of works[edit]

  • Heavenly Vision
  • Beauty
  • Dormant
  • Happiness

Some of French's choral music was adapted by American composer John Cage for his Apartment House 1776 and subsequently arranged for string quartet as part of 44 Harmonies by violinist Irvine Arditti. These were recorded and issued by Mode Records along with adaptations by Cage of other Colonial-period hymnists.



  1. ^ https://books.google.com/books?id=WlD7w91K5VwC&pg=PA88 American Writers and Compilers of Sacred Music By Frank J. Metcalf , Published 2007 By READ BOOKS
  2. ^ http://www.voxnovus.com/resources/American_Composer_Timeline.htm American Composer Timeline