When Alexander Hamilton played the piano: A behind-the-scenes look at how his music changed America
By AP The Smithsonian has unveiled a series of stunning photographs that document the evolution of American music, from its earliest days to its current golden age.
In each of the series of eight images, Hamilton plays an original composition from the late 1800s, a decade before the country had a recording studio and recording studios were common.
The images feature Hamilton in a variety of settings: in his living room, in a hotel ballroom, in his office, at the home of a friend, on stage, in the White House and, most recently, in Washington, D.C.
During the 1850s and 1860s, Hamilton was an avid musician and a prolific songwriter.
The composer’s works include “Ike and the Dove,” “Mansfield Park” and “Crazy-Eyed Girl.”
The images, part of the exhibition “Alexander Hamilton: The Composer, His Work and His Legacy,” feature Hamilton at his most influential, playing the piano and singing a number of songs that had never been heard before.
“The story of Alexander Hamilton is a story of America’s early days and its early history,” said Susan St. John, director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.
“The stories are often told through the lens of the people who are remembered, including Hamilton himself, but also the people and institutions who helped shape his life.”
In the past, Hamilton’s music has been widely regarded as a major influence on American culture.
His works have inspired artists such as John Coltrane and Hank Williams Jr. and have influenced a wide variety of popular music styles.
The photos highlight Hamilton’s influence on music from a variety, including the early-to-mid-1800s, the early part of this century and the early 1900s.
The first of the images shows Hamilton playing the original song “Monsieur Verdoux” by a composer who is believed to be Alexander Hamilton, which was composed in 1805.
In 1812, the composer Alexander Hamilton composed the song, and it is now considered by many historians to be one of the first major songs written by an American composer.
In this photograph, Hamilton is seen at the White, Daughters of the American Revolution and the National Archives on March 12, 2017 in Washington.
In the next image, Hamilton appears in the room of a musician at the Hotel Marmont in Washington on March 18, 1815.
In the next photograph, he is seen in a room at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel on July 5, 1819.
In this image, he plays “The Star-Spangled Banner” with the American Revolutionary War Veterans Association.
In other images, he appears at the Capitol, in an orchestra, on a boat and at the American Civil War memorial in Richmond, Virginia, on April 26, 1865.
Hamilton is also known for his contributions to American popular music, including a song he wrote in 1827 called “The Second Liberty.”
He was not born in the United States and was born in England.
The last of the eight images depicts Hamilton playing a version of the 1837 song “The Flag Song,” which was written by John Haydn, who had been a musician in England, and performed in the same style as Hamilton’s.
In 1845, Hamilton performed in a concert in London with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, which he also composed.
His song, “The Ballad of General Henry Lee” is the theme song for the Civil War.
Hamilton’s songs are now known as the national anthem and were written by his son and later a son-in-law, and the most famous was written when he was 60 years old and died at the age of 78.
In addition to the images, the exhibition is accompanied by a book titled “Alexander the Great: The Life, Music and Music of Alexander the Great.”