Colonial Music. What was Colonial or “Early American” Music?. It was not really written in America. There were ballads, dance tunes, folk songs, comic operas, drum signals, psalms, minuets, and sonatas. The music came mostly from England, Scotland, Ireland, Germany, Italy, France and Africa.
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Violins were by far the most popular instrument and were played by men.
Second in popularity were flutes, also played by men.
Harpsichords were played by the wealthy women.
The English guitar was also popular with women.Which instruments were used?
Most of the instruments we have today were around by the Revolution.
Drums and trumpets, trombones and
french horns, cellos, violas, clarinets,
oboes and bassoons, glass harmonicas,
hammered dulcimers and organs all
appeared within the colonies over time.
Musical theater in the colonies was very popular. played by men.
Most were ballad operas.
The most famous of these was The Beggar’s Opera.Theater Music