This Month in Music: July

by Abby @ Quaver on July 3, 2012

in This Month in Music

Happy July from Quaver HQ!


There’s more to this hot, summer month than just Independence Day. Let’s take a look at some important dates in July’s Music History!



1831 – The song “America” or “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” was sung in public for the first time at the Park Street Church in Boston, MA. The song’s lyrics were written by Samuel Francis Smith, and the melody comes from the British national anthem “God Save the Queen.”

To see Aretha Franklin perform the famous patriotic song at President Obama’s 2009 Inauguration, click here or watch below:


1895 – The song “America the Beautiful” was first published. Another beloved patriotic song, the lyrics were written by Katharine Lee Bates and the music composed by church organist and choirmaster Samuel A. Ward.



1954 – The first Newport Jazz Festival was held at the Newport Casino, in Newport, RI. Over the years, the Festival has hosted performances by Billie Holiday, Miles Davis, and Ella Fitzgerald among many others.

Learn more about Jazz Music and its greatest artists in Quaver’s Jazz Venue at



1995 – The oldest known musical instrument in the world was found in the Indrijca River Valley in Slovenia. The 45,000 year-old relic was a bear bone with four artificial holes along its length. What kind of musical instrument would that be?



1750Johann Sebastian Bach died after making an indelible mark on Baroque culture and all of music history. He was 65.

Learn more about Bach from the composer himself – plus play along with his works, hear a silly Quaver song, and take a quiz all about his life – with Quaver’s Interactive Composer Board, located in The Baroque Period Online Quaver Classroom.


1845 – The French Army introduced the saxophone to its military band. The musical instrument was the invention of Adolphe Sax of Belgium. 

Dissect 4 different types of saxophones and hear them played in Classical and Jazz styles with Quaver’s Instrument Anatomies: Saxophones – in The Woodwind Family Online Quaver Classroom – NEW this month!

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