1746, May 191813, Jul 13
an American composer of German origin, and was educated in Holland and Germany before coming to America with his brother Simon. He began to compose music for the church shortly after his arrival in American and for a time served as an organist and violinist in the Moravian congregations of Nazareth, Bethlehem and Lititz in Pennsylvania before eventually going to Salem, North Carolina in the same capacity. All of Peter's known compositions are sacred concerted vocal works or anthems composed for worship services with the exception of the string quintets. His six string quintets for two violins, two violas, and a violoncello are among the earliest examples of chamber music known by a North American composer.
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