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Music in the Life of Benjamin Franklin CD
David & Ginger Hildebrand with Julianne Baird. Carefully reconstructed from period sources and brought to life by renowned music historians and performers, this recording celebrates Franklin’s love of music. Selections include sentimental Scots songs, old broadside ballads, excerpts from operas and chamber music, and comical drinking songs that he composed, sang and enjoyed. Also included is a piece written by Mozart for Franklin’s invention, the glass armonica. A song Franklin wrote in praise of his wife and songs written about Franklin round out this rich selection of music from his long life in Boston, Philadelphia, Paris, Versailles, and London, 1706-1790. Total running time: 70:18. Copyright 2006.