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Stephen Foster

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Stephen Foster

Born: 1826 Died: 1864

Stephen Collins Foster known as the "father of American music", was the pre-eminent songwriter in the United States of the 19th century. His songs such as "Oh! Susanna", "Camptown Races", "Old Folks at Home" ("Swanee River"), "Hard Times Come Again No More", "My Old Kentucky Home", "Old Black Joe", "Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair", and "Beautiful Dreamer" remain popular over 150 years after their composition.

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David Dusing : Stephen Foster for Treble Voices

Review: Written in 1854, Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair was dedicated to composer Stephen Foster's wife, Jane McDowall. The opening lyrics, "I dream of Jeanie with the light brown hair," are said to have inspired the popular 1960s sitcom, I Dream of Jeannie. Sweet and lilting, this whimsical piece is arranged for soprano and alto voices.

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7696b | Sheet Music | $5.50 | SSA. | A Cappella


Jonathan Rathbone : Stephen Foster Medley

Review: Longtime Swingle Singer's arranger Jonathan Rathbone adds his jazzy chops to these Americana classics.

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7297b | 01 Songbook | $6.95 | SSAATTBB | A CappellaArrangements for 8 Parts


Mormon Tabernacle Choir : Songs of the Civil War & Stephen Foster Favorites

Review: The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, accompanied by the huge Tabernacle organ, bring us some beautifully sung, authentic Civil War songs. We learned some of these songs in elementary school, and remember being touched by their poignancy, at the same time appalled to learn of the bloody slaughter. Soldiers on both sides marched off to songs like "Tramp, Tramp, Tramp," "The Bonnie Blue Flag," "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," "Dixie" and "When Johnny Comes Marching Home," but it's the songs like "He's Gone Away," "Tenting On The Old Camp Ground," "Aura Lee," "Lorena," "Kathleen Mavourneen," "Sweet Evelina," "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child" and the sadly unincluded "One Vacant Chair" that tell the real, heartbreaking story of the war. We're then cheered up, however, by 9 Stephen Foster "pop" tunes, the joyous "Ring De Banjo," "Oh! Susanna," "The Glendy Burk," "Beautiful Dreamer," "Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair," "Nellie Bly" and others. A powerful collection from the magnificent MTC.

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7799c | 00 1 CD | $11.98 | Some a cappella


Robert Shaw Chorale : Stephen Foster Song Book

Review: From RCA's "Living Stereo" series, this re-issue of Stephen Foster compositions and Negro spirituals was recorded in 1958 and 1961. Mr. Shaw, whose illustrious career spanned a directorship at Julliard in 1945 to a 21-year tenure at the Atlanta Symphony (before his death earlier this year), treats his material with sensitivity and respect, a respect that was obviously shared by Stephen Foster for the pre-Civil War South. Foster did not defer to a European classical model for his inspiration or precedent. Songs such as "Beautiful Dreamer," "Oh Susanna" and "Nelly Bly" are powerful because of their elegant simplicity, not in spite of it. Likewise, the mournful expression of "I Want To Die Easy" speaks louder than any history book. Frequently a cappella, but with some banjo and guitar accompaniment.

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6407c | 00 1 CD | $9.95


Stephen Foster : American Masterpieces

Review: Stephen Foster was America's Schubert - the lyric laureate of the 19th Century South. With Foster sentiment was a virtue, expressed in sweet harmonies and haunting tunes. The underlying emotion of these songs is nostalgia - a pervasive longing for things lost which seems to permeate the very intervals of the melodies. When Foster - like Schubert - died young and poor, it seemed as though he was fulfilling the prophecies of his own melancholy songs. Jon Washburn's medly of favorite Stephen Foster songs was composed in 1985 for the Vancouver Chamber Choir and premiered on a concert called the music of the Great Songwriters. Gregg Smith edits/arranges 'Come Where My Love Lies Dreaming,' which was elected by the National Endowment for the Arts as an one of the "American Masterpieces" of choral music. Halloran's arrangement of camptown races is very fun to sing, great opportunity for a soloist along with some excellent vocal accompaniment. Halloran's arrangement of Nelly Bly is equally fun with an energizing chorus, and the men get the melody in the verses!

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9524b | Sheet Music | $8.95 | SATB | A CappellaAmerican Choral Music Arrangements

Compositions ( See Discography.)

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Song NameArrangerComposerArtistRecording TitleFormat
A Stephen Foster MedleyJon WashburnStephen FosterStephen FosterAmerican MasterpiecesSheet MusicMORE DETAILS
Beautiful DreamerR.J.N.Stephen FosterVarious ArrangersBarbershop SongsSongbookMORE DETAILS
Beautiful DreamerShaw / ParkerStephen FosterChoral Arts of ChattanoogaDays of Blue and Gray 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Beautiful DreamerRobert LauStephen FosterYoung People's Chorus of New York CityDreamer 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Beautiful DreamerGail KubikStephen FosterWestminster ChoirFolk Songs 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Beautiful DreamerStephen FosterBarbershop Harmony SocietyHeritage Of Harmony 50th Anniversary SongbookSongbookMORE DETAILS
Beautiful Dreamer Stephen FosterJonathan RathboneStephen Foster MedleySongbookMORE DETAILS
Beautiful DreamerShaw / ParkerStephen FosterRobert Shaw ChoraleStephen Foster Song Book 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Beautiful DreamerStephen FosterVarious ArrangersThe Library of Family SingalongsSongbookMORE DETAILS
Camptown RacesMelida BargreenStephen FosterVarious ArrangersAmerican Folk Songs Vol 2Sheet MusicMORE DETAILS
Camptown RacesJack HalloranStephen FosterStephen FosterAmerican MasterpiecesSheet MusicMORE DETAILS
Camptown Races Jack HalloranStephen FosterChanticleerOur American Journey 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Camptown RacesStephen FosterJonathan RathboneStephen Foster MedleySongbookMORE DETAILS
Camptown RacesShaw / ParkerStephen FosterRobert Shaw ChoraleStephen Foster Song Book 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Camptown RacesStephen FosterVarious ArrangersThe Library of Family SingalongsSongbookMORE DETAILS
Camptown RacesJack HalloranStephen FosterVocalEssenceThe Songs We Sang 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Come Where My Love Lies DreamingGregg SmithStephen FosterStephen FosterAmerican MasterpiecesSheet MusicMORE DETAILS
Come Where My Love Lies DreamingStephen FosterChoral Arts of ChattanoogaDays of Blue and Gray 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Come Where My Love Lies DreamingShaw / ParkerStephen FosterRobert Shaw ChoraleStephen Foster Song Book 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Dolcy JonesShaw / ParkerStephen FosterRobert Shaw ChoraleStephen Foster Song Book 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Dream of JeannieStephen FosterJonathan RathboneStephen Foster MedleySongbookMORE DETAILS
Gentle AnnieAlice Parker and Robert ShawStephen FosterHarvard Glee Club150th Anniversary Concert 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Gentle AnnieShaw / ParkerStephen FosterChoral Arts of ChattanoogaDays of Blue and Gray 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Gentle Annie Stephen FosterPhoenix Boys ChoirLet Freedom Sing 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Gentle AnnieAlice Parker/ Robert ShawStephen FosterHarvard Glee ClubLong Way From Home 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Gentle Annie Robert LauStephen FosterMinnesota BoychoirRise Up Singing 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Gentle AnnieShaw / ParkerStephen FosterRobert Shaw ChoraleStephen Foster Song Book 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Gentle AnnieEdwin FissingerStephen FosterVocalEssenceThe Songs We Sang 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Gentle AnnieAlice Parker & Robert ShawStephen FosterWashington Men's CamerataWhen I Was A Young Man 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Gentle Lena ClareShaw / ParkerStephen FosterRobert Shaw ChoraleStephen Foster Song Book 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Hard Times Come Again No MoreDonald MooreStephen FosterVarious ArrangersClassic American Songs For Male VoicesSheet MusicMORE DETAILS
Hard Times Come Again No MoreDonald MooreStephen FosterVarious ArrangersMen's Spirituals Vol 4Sheet MusicMORE DETAILS
Hard Times Come no MoreDonald MooreStephen FosterWashington Men's CamerataWhen I Was A Young Man 1 CDMORE DETAILS
I Dream Of JeanieStephen FosterVarious ArrangersThe Library of Family SingalongsSongbookMORE DETAILS
In The StoneTim BrentStephen FosterGold CompanyWho Could Ask For Anything More 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Jeanie With the Light Brown HairGene PuerlingStephen FosterChanticleerPortrait 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Jeanie With The Light Brown Hair Gene PuerlingStephen FosterChanticleerSilver Jubilee AnthologySongbookMORE DETAILS
Jeanie With The Light Brown HairDavid DusingStephen FosterDavid DusingStephen Foster for Treble VoicesSheet MusicMORE DETAILS
Jeanie With The Light Brown HairGene PuerlingStephen FosterSingers UnlimitedThe Complete A Cappella Sessions 2 CDsMORE DETAILS
Jeannie With the Light Brown HairR.J.N.Stephen FosterVarious ArrangersBarbershop SongsSongbookMORE DETAILS
Jeannie with the Light Brown Hair Gene PuerlingStephen FosterChanticleerOur American Journey 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Laura LeeStephen FosterLuther College Nordic ChoirA New Hosanna 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Laura LeeShaw / ParkerStephen FosterRobert Shaw ChoraleStephen Foster Song Book 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Laura LeeEdwin FissingerStephen FosterVocalEssenceThe Songs We Sang 1 CDMORE DETAILS
My Old Kentucky HomeWagnerStephen FosterChoral Arts of ChattanoogaDays of Blue and Gray 1 CDMORE DETAILS
My Old Kentucky HomeStephen FosterBarbershop Harmony SocietyHeritage Of Harmony 50th Anniversary SongbookSongbookMORE DETAILS
My Old Kentucky HomeStephen FosterJonathan RathboneStephen Foster MedleySongbookMORE DETAILS
My Old Kentucky Home, Good NightYumiko MatsuokaStephen FosterYumiko MatsuokaCollectionSheet MusicMORE DETAILS
My Old Kentuky HomeShaw / ParkerStephen FosterRobert Shaw ChoraleStephen Foster Song Book 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Nellie Was a LadyR.J.N.Stephen FosterVarious ArrangersBarbershop SongsSongbookMORE DETAILS
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