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STEPHEN C. FOSTER  

(1826 - 1864)

Though Foster can be considered the father of American popular music, his life was rather modest by the frenzied standards of today’s pop stars. Born on the United States’ fiftieth birthday, 4 July 1826, he spent the greater part of his life in Western Pennsylvania and Ohio, well away from the cultural and entertainment centres on the East coast, moving to New York only when his career was already in decline. Known for celebrating the Deep South, he travelled there only once, and briefly, during his life.

From an early age music was one of the few constants in Foster’s life. His entrepreneurial father made risky ventures in both politics and business, and though middle class his large and musically inclined family was in recurring financial distress. They lost their beloved home the “White Cottage” in Foster’s infancy and rarely had a settled home life after that time.

Foster’s education was as uneven as his home life. Largely self-taught in music, he received some guidance from family members and from Henry Kleber, one of the many fine German immigrant musicians who graced American cities during the nineteenth century. His first known composition was written when he was fourteen. His first published song Open Thy Lattice Love dates from his eighteenth year and is typical of the period’s genteel parlour ballads appropriate for the young ladies and gentlemen of the bourgeoisie. His first success as a song-writer, however, came with a much earthier style of music, the ‘Ethiopian’ or ‘Plantation’ songs associated with minstrel shows.

View by Role: Classical Composer | Lyricist
Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
50 PATRIOTIC SONGS - Music for the 4th of July Altissimo
75442200162
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
ARMSTRONG, Louis: Satchel Mouth Swing (1936-1938) (Louis Armstrong, Vol. 4) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120735
Jazz
Band Music (American) - SANDERSON, J. / DOUGLAS, W. (A Lincoln Portrait - The Music of Lincoln by the Bands and Choruses of the U.S. Military) Altissimo
75442255822
Choral - Secular
BARNHOUSE, C.L.: Battle of Shiloh March / BUTTERFIELD, D.A.: Taps / NEWTON, J.: Amazing Grace (Blue and Gray - Songs of the Civil War) Altissimo
75442255742
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
BJORLING, Jussi: Bjorling Collection, Vol. 8: O Sole Mio (1920-1952) Naxos Historical
8.110792
Vocal
BOO, Bertil: Favoriter fran forr (1946-1954) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120884
Nostalgia
Choral Concert: Washington Children's Chorus - FOSTER, S. / REED, O.B. / WYATT, L. / BAYES, S.C. / AMIRAN, E. (The Great American Folksong) Dorian Sono Luminus
DSL-92124
Choral - Secular
CROOKS, Richards: Opera Arias / Songs (1925-1945) Delos
DE5501
Vocal
FOLK TREASURES OF AMERICA Altissimo
75442262372
Choral - Secular
FOSTER: Foster for Brass Naxos
8.559124
Chamber Music
Heifetz, Jascha: Miniatures, Vol. 1 (1944-1946) Naxos Historical
8.111379
Chamber Music
HEIFETZ: Transcriptions for Violin and Piano Naxos
8.557670
Chamber Music
JAZZ LEGENDS - Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Glenn Miller Naxos Jazz Legends
8.102002
Jazz
KING COLE TRIO: Transcriptions, Vol. 1 (1938) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120512
Jazz
KREISLER, Fritz: Complete Recordings, Vol. 1 (1904, 1910) Naxos Historical
8.112053
Chamber Music
KREISLER, Fritz: Complete Recordings, Vol. 4 (1916-1919) Naxos Historical
8.111384
Chamber Music
LEHMAN, Arthur: Art Lehman Euphonium Solos, Vol. 2 The Robert Hoe Collection
75442219782
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
MCCORMACK, John: McCormack Edition, Vol. 5: The Acoustic Recordings (1914-1915) Naxos Historical
8.111315
Vocal
MCCORMACK, John: Remember (1911-1928) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120782
Nostalgia
MELBA, Nellie: American Recordings, Vol. 3 (1907-1916) Naxos Historical
8.110336
Vocal
MELBA, Nellie: London Recordings (1904) Naxos Historical
8.110738
Vocal
Opera Arias (Contralto): Schumann-Heink, Ernestine - MEHRKENS, A. / ARDITI, L. / SCHUBERT, F. / WAGNER, R. / MEYERBEER, G. (1900-1935) Delos
DE5503
Vocal
Piano Recital: Schwab, Jacqueline - MOLLOY, J.L. / TUCKER, H. / FOSTER, S. / KITTREDGE, W. (Mark Twain's America - A Portrait in Music) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90299
Instrumental
PONSELLE, Rosa: American Recordings, Vol. 2 (1923-1929) Naxos Historical
8.111139
Vocal
POWELL, Maud: Complete Recordings, Vol. 1 (1904-1917) Naxos Historical
8.110961
Chamber Music
PRESIDENT'S OWN UNITED STATES MARINE BAND: Bicentennial Collection (The) Altissimo
75442261012
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
PRESIDENT'S OWN UNITED STATES MARINE BAND: Bicentennial Collection (The), Vol. 4 (Historic Soloists and William F. Santelmann) Altissimo
75442261972
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
PRESIDENT'S OWN UNITED STATES MARINE BAND: Liberty for All - An Interactive CD of History and Culture Altissimo
75442255782
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
PRESIDENT'S OWN UNITED STATES MARINE BAND: Schoepper, Vol. 6 of the Robert Hoe Collection The Robert Hoe Collection
75442262732
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
REINHARDT, Django: Djangology (1934-1935) (Reinhardt, Vol. 1) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120515
Jazz
SEMPER FI! - The Best of the United States Marine Band Altissimo
75442203042
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
SMITH, J.S.: Star Spangled Banner (The) / THOMPSON, R.: The Testament of Freedom (A Musical Journey, Vol. 2) (United States Army Chorus) Altissimo
75442255832
Choral - Secular
STARS of the GOLDEN ERA Naxos Nostalgia
8.120754-55
Nostalgia
TCHAIKOVSKY: Violin Concerto / Encores (Milstein) (1949-53) Naxos Historical
8.111259
Orchestral
The Eternal Harp Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90019
Vocal
The Marco Polo Singers Marco Polo
8.225957HDCD
Chinese Music
TIBBETT, Lawrence: The White Dove (1926-1931) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120593
Nostalgia
TSUJII, Nobuyuki: Live at Carnegie Hall (2011) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) EuroArts
2059084
Classical Concert
TSUJII, Nobuyuki: Live at Carnegie Hall (2011) (NTSC) EuroArts
2059088
Classical Concert
UNITED STATES ARMY CHORUS: A Cappella and Otherwise Altissimo
75442270252
Choral - Secular
UNITED STATES NAVY BAND: Sail Loft Sounds Altissimo
75442271112
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
Violin and Piano Recital: Oldak, Maria / Baillieu, James - SZYMANOWSKI, K. / DEBUSSY, C. / KREISLER, F. / TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I. (Modern Times) CD Accord
CDAccordACD193
Chamber Music
Violin Recital: Eichhorn, Friedemann - GERSHWIN, G. / KROLL, W. / FOSTER, S. / VIEUXTEMPS, H. / KORNGOLD, E.W. (Souvenir d'Amerique) Oehms Classics
OC861
Chamber Music
Violin Recital: Gilman, Alexander - BRAHMS, J. / PROKOFIEV, S. / WIENIAWSKI, H. / FOSTER, S. Oehms Classics
OC592
Chamber Music
Vocal Music (American) - ROOT, G.F. / SMITH, J.S. / HUTCHINSON, J. / ASCHER, J. (Union and Liberty!) (D.C. Hall's New Concert and Quadrille Band) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90197
Vocal
Vocal Recital: Auger, Arleen - COPLAND, A. / OBRADORS, F. / OVALE, J. / STRAUSS, R. / MARX, J. / POULENC, F. / CIMARA, P. (Love Songs) Delos
DE3029
Vocal
Vocal Recital: Bielfield, Kyle - BEACH, A. / BARBER, S. / ROREM, N. / DUKE, J. / GRIFFES, C.T. (Stopping By) Delos
DE3445
Vocal
WHITEMAN, Paul: A Pops Concert (1927-1929) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120520
Nostalgia
WORLD MUSIC Álvarez, Carmen / Bernier, Francisco: Look at the Big Birds Contrastes Records
Contrastes1201403
World
Role: Lyricist 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
ARMSTRONG, Louis: Satchel Mouth Swing (1936-1938) (Louis Armstrong, Vol. 4) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120735
Jazz
Band Music (American) - SANDERSON, J. / DOUGLAS, W. (A Lincoln Portrait - The Music of Lincoln by the Bands and Choruses of the U.S. Military) Altissimo
75442255822
Choral - Secular
BJORLING, Jussi: Bjorling Collection, Vol. 8: O Sole Mio (1920-1952) Naxos Historical
8.110792
Vocal
BOO, Bertil: Favoriter fran forr (1946-1954) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120884
Nostalgia
Choral Concert: Washington Children's Chorus - FOSTER, S. / REED, O.B. / WYATT, L. / BAYES, S.C. / AMIRAN, E. (The Great American Folksong) Dorian Sono Luminus
DSL-92124
Choral - Secular
CROOKS, Richards: Opera Arias / Songs (1925-1945) Delos
DE5501
Vocal
FOLK TREASURES OF AMERICA Altissimo
75442262372
Choral - Secular
JAZZ LEGENDS - Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Glenn Miller Naxos Jazz Legends
8.102002
Jazz
KING COLE TRIO: Transcriptions, Vol. 1 (1938) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120512
Jazz
MCCORMACK, John: McCormack Edition, Vol. 5: The Acoustic Recordings (1914-1915) Naxos Historical
8.111315
Vocal
MELBA, Nellie: American Recordings, Vol. 3 (1907-1916) Naxos Historical
8.110336
Vocal
MELBA, Nellie: London Recordings (1904) Naxos Historical
8.110738
Vocal
Opera Arias (Contralto): Schumann-Heink, Ernestine - MEHRKENS, A. / ARDITI, L. / SCHUBERT, F. / WAGNER, R. / MEYERBEER, G. (1900-1935) Delos
DE5503
Vocal
PONSELLE, Rosa: American Recordings, Vol. 2 (1923-1929) Naxos Historical
8.111139
Vocal
SMITH, J.S.: Star Spangled Banner (The) / THOMPSON, R.: The Testament of Freedom (A Musical Journey, Vol. 2) (United States Army Chorus) Altissimo
75442255832
Choral - Secular
STARS of the GOLDEN ERA Naxos Nostalgia
8.120754-55
Nostalgia
The Eternal Harp Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90019
Vocal
UNITED STATES ARMY CHORUS: A Cappella and Otherwise Altissimo
75442270252
Choral - Secular
Vocal Recital: Auger, Arleen - COPLAND, A. / OBRADORS, F. / OVALE, J. / STRAUSS, R. / MARX, J. / POULENC, F. / CIMARA, P. (Love Songs) Delos
DE3029
Vocal
Vocal Recital: Bielfield, Kyle - BEACH, A. / BARBER, S. / ROREM, N. / DUKE, J. / GRIFFES, C.T. (Stopping By) Delos
DE3445
Vocal




 
 
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