From the 1750′s to the 1850′s many key components to American music were originated or changed from their initial state in the previous years. Such as in the early 1800′s, when it became common to have printed music accessible to the average person. Most music during this time period was strictly religious, today we still express opinions on religion through lyrical ballads like those of the 17 and 18 hundreds.
Music during the time through the 1750′s to the 1850′s was taken very seriously for many reasons; the main reasons of course being that the new ways of music were new exciting to the people, but also the seriousness had a lot to do with the fact that these peoples religious beliefs were being expressed through this music. For example, the song “Amazing Grace“, still popular today, was John Newton’s way of projecting the idea of forgiveness and redemption still being deemed possible after committing sin. Americans at the time, although very up to date with their own musical compositions, enjoyed older English ballads such as “Froggy went A-courtin” and “Greensleeves“, which are not as formally religious as most of their other popular music. At this time musical groups were being formed to sing sacred music, such as the Dartmouth Handle Society, today we still have very similar musical groups performing.
Approaching the end of the 1750 to 1850 time period we were beginning our experiments with learning to record music for long lasting durability, proving that this time period had a huge impact on American music and pushed us even further in several positive directions to evolve into the musically advanced country we are today.