Samuel Babcock

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Born: 18 February 1760

Died: 23 November 1813


Samuel Babcock was an early American composer of sacred music. He was born in Milton, Massachusetts, and spent most of his working life as a hatter in Watertown. In March 1813, he enlisted in the artillery company under Rufus McIntire (in the War of 1812): he died in November of the same year from a fever, at French Mills, New York.

Babcock's musical works were mainly published in his own collection The Middlesex Harmony: the first edition of this work was published in 1795, and an enlarged second edition was published in 1803. In addition, some of Babcock's music was published in collections compiled by others, including Daniel Belknap's The Evangelical Harmony (1800).

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List of choral works


1. Psalm-Tunes

3. Set Pieces

2. Anthems



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  • Babcock, Samuel. 1795. The Middlesex Harmony, Being an Original Composition of Sacred Music in Three and Four Parts. Boston: Isaiah Thomas and Ebenezer T. Andrews. 56 pp.
  • Babcock, Samuel. 1803. The Middlesex Harmony, Second Edition. Boston: Isaiah Thomas and Ebenezer T. Andrews. 110 pp.


  • Sampsel, Laurie J., Editor. 1999. Samuel Babcock (ca. 1760-1813): The Collected Works. Garland Publishing, 184 pp. Reprinted 2014 by Routledge, New York.
  • Sampsel, Laurie J. 2009. Samuel Babcock (1760-1813), Archetypal Psalmodist of the First New England School of Composers. Ph. D. Thesis, University of Pittsburgh, 430 pp.

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