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Stephen Foster

American songwriter

Stephen Foster

American songwriter
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birthday
4th
July, 1826
Death
13th
January, 1864
Birth Place
Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Birth Sign
cancer
Biography

Stephen Collins Foster (July 4, 1826 – January 13, 1864), known also 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. Most of his handwritten music manuscripts are lost, but editions issued by publishers of his day feature in various collections.

Agent

Various sheet music publishers and brother, Morrison Foster

Children

Marion Foster Welch (1851 1935)

Education

Athens Academy, Towanda, PennsylvaniaAthens Academy

Known For

First fully professional U.S. songwriter

Monuments

Stephen Foster Memorial Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Notable Work

"Angelina Baker", "Beautiful Dreamer", "Camptown Races", "Gentle Annie", "The Glendy Burk", "Hard Times Come Again No More", "Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair", "My Old Kentucky Home", "Oh! Susanna", "Old Black Joe", "Old Folks at Home" ("Swanee River"), "Open Thy Lattice Love"

Occupation

Composer, lyricist, poet

Relatives

Evelyn Foster Morneweck (niece and biographer), James Foster (grandfather) Siblings:Charlotte Susanna Foster (1809 1829), Anne Eliza Foster Buchanan (1812 1891), Henry Baldwin Foster (1816 1870), Henrietta Angelica Foster Thornton (1819 1879), Dunning McNair Foster (1821 1856), Morrison Foster (1823 1904)

Resting Place

Allegheny Cemetery Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Spouses

Jane McDowell Foster Wiley (1829 1903) (other sources use Jane Denny Foster Wiley)

Style

Period music, minstrels

Years Active

1844 1864

Name

Stephen Foster

Nationality

United States of America

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