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|
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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