Philip Phile


Philip Phile

Philip Phile was an American composer and violinist. His year of birth is uncertain, but believed to be approximately 1734. [http://www.library.upenn.edu/collections/rbm/keffer/phile.html Penn Library] [http://www.voxnovus.com/resources/American_Composer_Timeline.htm American Composer Timeline] His works include a lost Violin Concerto (1787), but he is best known for " The President's March", written and performed at the inauguration of President George Washington.

He died in 1793.

Joseph Hopkinson arranged the piece with lyrics and titled it "Hail Columbia". It was first performed by Gilbert Fox at the Chestnut Street Theatre on April 25, 1798. It is best known under this title and was once a strong candidate for U.S. national anthem, though today it has, unlike other candidates, such as "America the Beautiful", been largely forgotten, although it continues to appear in films set in the United States during the nineteenth century.

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