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William Henry Fry

William Henry Fry
William Henry Fry (1813–1864) was a pioneering American composer, music critic, and journalist. Fry was the first person born in the United States to write for a large symphony orchestra, the first to compose a publicly-performed opera, and also the first music critic for a major American newspaper. His compositions include the Santa Claus Symphony, the Niagara Symphony, the MacBeth overture, and The Breaking Heart.
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Editor's Note: American composer William Henry Fry wrote the highly enjoyable Santa Claus: Christmas Symphony in 1853, deeming it "the longest instrumental composition ever written on a single subject, with unbroken continuity." This claim, which is...