William Billings (b. Boston, October 7, 1746 – d. Boston, September 26, 1800) was an American choral composer, and is widely regarded as the father of American choral music. Billings created what is now recognized as a uniquely American style.
At the age of 14, the death of his father stopped Billings' formal schooling. He took up tanning and never received formal training in music. ... more »