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Sheet music for Stephen Collins Foster
Violin, Guitar - Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Stephen Collins Foster. Arranged by David Warin Solomons. 20th Century, Americana. Score, Set of Parts. 7 pages. Published by David Warin Solomons (S0.176723).
Piano, voice and guitar (chords only) - Interactive Download
By Hugh Laurie. Arranged by Ray Charles. This edition: Interactive Download. Blues, Pop. Piano/Vocal/Guitar. 5 pages. Published by Hal Leonard - Digital Sheet Music (HX.191264).
Violin, Viola, Cello, String Quartet - Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Stephen Collins Foster. Arranged by Jordan Grigg. Romantic Period, Repertoire, Folk, Recital. Score, Set of Parts. 7 pages. Published by Jordan Grigg (S0.290825).
Piano and voice - Digital Download
Composed by Stephen Collins Foster. Portraits, African Americans, Caricatures, National Emblems, Distress, Optimism. Lester S. Levy Collection. 4 pages. Published by Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries (LV.20226).
Piano - Digital Download
Composed by Charles Gimbel, Jr. Stephen Collins Foster. Lester S. Levy Collection. 13 pages. Published by Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries (LV.20407).
Male Ensemble (Quartet) 4-Part Unaccompanied - Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Stephen Collins Foster. Arranged by W. David Hedrick. Secular. 3 pages. William David Hedrick #14018. Published by William David Hedrick (S0.19075).
American song composer; one of the most gifted and inspired song composers, whose songs include some of the most imperishable the world has known, such as "Oh, Susanna!", "Old Folks at Home", "My Old Kentucky Home", "Jeannie with the Light Brown Hair", "Beautiful Dreamer", "Old Black Joe", "My Old Kentucky Home", and "Ring De Banjo".
Foster’s songs are typically divided into "Parlor" and "Plantation" melodies. Because of the racial stereotyping in the lyrics, the latter (typically superior to the former Parlor melodies) are nonetheless neglected in both literature and music classrooms. Nonetheless, to some degree, all contemporary American music owes a significant debt to those melodies, including their syncopation and melodic piquancy (cf. Alec Wilder, *American Popular Song*).
Despite his relative isolation from central European concert tradition, Foster must rank, with Franz Schubert, as one of the most inspired art song writers in the history of western music.