- Philip Phile
Philip Phile was an American
composerand 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 Hopkinsonarranged the piece with lyrics and titled it " Hail Columbia". It was first performed by Gilbert Foxat the Chestnut Street Theatreon 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 filmsset in the United States during the nineteenth century.
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