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Benjamin Carr

CARR, Benjamin. b. London, 12 September 1768; d. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 24 May 1831. Born in London, Carr was descended from a family of musicians and music publishers from the late 17th century. He studied with his father, Joseph Carr (1739-1819), who operated a music repository in Middle Row, Holborn, and with the composers Samuel Arnold* and Charles Wesley (II)*. Carr was first taken into his father’s business, then opened his own shop in London and embarked upon a career as a singer, organist, and harpsichordist as early as 1786. Although he met with some success, performing with the Academy of Ancient Music, and having his first opera performed in 1792 at the Sadler’s Wells...

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