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date: 15 December 2019

Hewitt familylocked

  • John W. Wagner
  •  and Kimberly Greene


Family of musicians.

John W. Wagner, revised by Kimberly Greene

(b Dartmoor, England, June 4, 1770; d Boston, MA, Aug 2, 1827). Musicianof English birth and father of a large musical family.

Hewitt made a significant contribution to musical life in the new nation through his active engagement as a composer, music publisher, merchant, and orchestra conductor in New York, Boston, and other American cities between 1792 and 1825. All of his six children and three of his grandchildren pursued careers in music or music-related professions, which ensured the Hewitt family’s continuing influence on American musical life through the early 20th century. His children include Sophia Henrietta Emma Hewitt Ostinelli (1799–1845), a recognized concert pianist; John Hill Hewitt (1801–90), a renowned composer of parlor music; James Lang Hewitt (1803–53), a successful publisher; Eliza Helena Hewitt (1805–76), a music educator; Horatio Nelson Hewitt (...

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