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The Big Book of Classical Music: 1000 years of music in 366 days
7. July 4th
The best American composers were clearly out celebrating Independence Day on this day in history. As it happens, the 4th of July is a big day for English composers: Byrd died on this day in 1623, Handel (an honorary Englishman, at least) finished work on his oratorio Semele in 1742, and Vaughan Williams' English Folksongs Suite was first performed at the Royal Military School of Music.