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James Monroe Deems

Born: Jan 5, 1818

Death: Apr 18, 1901

Birthplace: Baltimore

Nationality: United States

James Monroe Deems

Date of Birth : Jan 5, 1818
Date of Death : Apr 18, 1901
Birth Place : Baltimore

James Monroe Deems was an American composer and music educator from Baltimore, Maryland, as well as a distinguished Union Army officer during the American Civil War. He served as lieutenant colonel of the 1st Maryland Cavalry and was brevetted as a brigadier general of U.S. Volunteers. Deems is remembered for his composition, Nebuchadnezzar, which was the first American oratorio. His Capt. Watros Quickstep appears in the Manchester Cornet Band Books, Set 1. His most important legacy was his 1850 book, Vocal Music Simplified, which was one of the earliest public-school music texts in the U.S.

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