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Tempesta Talks | Hessian Oboes!
December 28, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EST$5.00 – $15.00
How General Washington’s captives composed today’s Vice Presidential March – an event in collaboration with the Museum of the American Revolution.
This lecture-recital, streamed live from the Museum of the American Revolution’s Lincoln Hall, brings a little-known, but fascinating story of the Revolutionary War and musical history to the forefront. Presented by Curator of Exhibitions Matthew Skic alongside Tempesta di Mare musicians, this event explores musical materials from the museum’s permanent collection.
At the Battle of Trenton on December 26, 1776, Washington’s army defeated a force of Hessians troops, German soldiers who fought alongside the British in America, capturing about 900 of them. Included among the captured Hessians was a group of oboists (spelled “hautboists” in period sources). The oboists were members of the three Hessian regiments stationed at Trenton that winter and participated in military ceremonies such as guard changes.
These oboists marched into Philadelphia as prisoners of war following the battle. Less than a year later, the musicians were hired by the Continental Congress to provide entertainment for the first anniversary of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1777. Some of these Hessian musicians returned to Hesse-Cassel following the end of the Revolutionary War while others stayed and became Americans. Hessian oboist Philipp Phile, who became a resident of Philadelphia and a lived as a “music master” in the city, composed “The President’s March” for the inauguration of George Washington. To this day, Phile’s tune is used as the ceremonial march of the Vice President of the United States.
This event features music the oboists would have played as members of the Hessian regiment, music played at the first anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, and music of the early Federal Period.
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