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Peter Pelham's parlor in his Boston home served at the scene of the first music concert in Boston and possibly the British North American colonies.
Peter Pelham (December 9, 1721 – April 28, 1805)
A native of London, England, Peter immigrated to Boston with his father, Peter, in 1726. His father apprenticed Peter to famous composer Charles Theodore Pachelbel. The two were the first professional musicians in the British colonies. The first concert would have taken place when Peter was ten.
Pachelbel migrated to Charlestown in 1736 and Pelham followed him there. Pelham returned to Boston around 1744 to become the organist at Trinity Church. The life of a professional musician during this time was not sufficient to provide a living. During his lifetime, Peter also was an engraver, artist, music teacher, jail keeper and owned a music store. He moved to Williamsburg, Virginia around 1770. He composed several pieces, of which none survive.
A Year of Colonial American Frontier History
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