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date: 12 November 2019

Bremner, James locked

  • J. Bunker Clark


(b England; d Philadelphia, PA, or nr Philadelphia, Sept 1780). American composer, teacher, organist, and harpsichordist of English birth. He may have been related to the Edinburgh and London publisher Robert Bremner. He came to America in 1763 and settled in Philadelphia, where he taught harpsichord, guitar, violin, and flute, and served as organist at St. Peter’s Church. By 1767 he was organist at Christ Church, where he remained until 1774 or later, but he may have spent some of this period in England, for a “J. Bremner” published music in London during the years 1770–75. Bremner and one of his pupils, Francis Hopkinson, often presented public concerts together. Hopkinson substituted as organist at Christ Church during Bremner’s absence and wrote an ode on the occasion of Bremner’s death. Four short harpsichord pieces and one arrangement by Bremner are in the Hopkinson manuscript collection at the University of Pennsylvania....

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