Stephen Collins Foster

Stephen Collins Foster (July 4, 1826 – January 13, 1864), known as "the father of American music", was an American songwriter known primarily for his parlor and minstrel music. He wrote more than 200 songs, including "Oh! Susanna", "Hard Times Come Again No More", "Camptown Races", "Old Folks at Home" ("Swanee River"), "My Old Kentucky Home", "Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair", "Old Black Joe", and "Beautiful Dreamer", and many of his compositions remain popular today. He has been identified as "the most famous songwriter of the nineteenth century" and may be the most recognizable American composer in other countries. His compositions are sometimes referred to as "childhood songs" because they have been included in the music curriculum of early education. Most of his handwritten music manuscripts are lost, but editions issued by publishers of his day feature in various collections.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1826 (Lawrenceville), Died 1864 (Manhattan)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1894 - 1940

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, lyricist

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 522 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Berliner 116 7-in. Feb. 1898-Mar. 1899 Old black Joe Banda Rossa Band composer  
Berliner 129 7-in. 5/26/1898 My old Kentucky home Sousa's Band Band composer  
Berliner 164 7-in. 3/30/1895 Old folks at home Artists vary Male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Berliner 168 7-in. 5/19/1896 Massa's in de cold cold ground George J. Gaskin Male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Berliner 175 7-in. 9/5/1894 My old Kentucky home Artists vary Male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Berliner 301 7-in. 11/2/1898 The old folks at home August P. Stengler Clarinet solo composer  
Berliner 338 7-in. Before Oct. 1898 Old black Joe Cornelius Higgins Clarinet solo composer  
Berliner 871 7-in. 10/7/1897 My old Kentucky home Artists vary Male vocal quartet composer, lyricist  
Berliner 1852 7-in. Before Apr. 1899 Old black Joe Thomas Craig Male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Berliner 3262 7-in. 10/12/1897 My old Kentucky home Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo composer  
Berliner 3263 7-in. June 1897-Mar. 1899 Old black Joe Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo composer  
Berliner 3421 7-in. Before Apr. 1899 My old Kentucky home Mr. Kurkamp ; Alice Raymond Cornet and trombone duet composer  
Berliner 3447 7-in. Before Apr. 1899 Old folks at home Anton H. Knoll Cornet solo composer  
Berliner 3655 7-in. Sept. 1897 My old Kentucky home Mabel Casedy Female vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Berliner 3656 7-in. Before Apr. 1899 The old folks at home Mabel Casedy Female vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Berliner 3909 7-in. Before Apr. 1899 The old folks at home Jean Moeremans Saxophone solo composer  
Berliner 4162 7-in. Before Oct. 1898 My old Kentucky home Simone Mantia Euphonium solo composer  
Berliner 4251 7-in. Apr. 1898 Old folks at home Artists vary Male vocal quartet composer, lyricist  
Berliner 4253 7-in. June 1897-Apr. 1898 Massas in the cold cold ground Artists vary Male vocal quartet composer, lyricist  
Berliner 4294 7-in. June 1897-Oct. 1898 Old black Joe Haydn Quartet Male vocal quartet composer, lyricist  
Berliner 059 7-in. 3/28/1899 Massa’s in the cold cold ground George J. Gaskin Male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Berliner 072 7-in. Before June 1899 The old folks at home George J. Gaskin Male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Berliner 084 7-in. 4/22/1899 Old folks at home Vess L. Ossman Banjo solo composer  
Berliner 0111 7-in. 4/19/1899 My old Kentucky home George J. Gaskin Male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Berliner 0277 7-in. June 1899 The old folks at home Arthur Pryor Trombone solo composer  
(Results 1-25 of 522 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Foster, Stephen Collins," accessed February 24, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101961.

Foster, Stephen Collins. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 24, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101961.

"Foster, Stephen Collins." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 24 February 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101961

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