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Stephen Foster

a.k.a. Stephen Collins Foster

Author Code: ASCF

Born: Jul. 4, 1826 - Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania, USA

Died: Jan. 13, 1864 - New York City, New York, USA

Educated at Washington & Jefferson College where he only spent about a month, Foster showed early promise in music and published his first song, Open Thy Lattice Love in 1844. In 1846, he moved to Cincinnati, Ohio and worked as a bookkeeper for his brother while continuing to write songs. In 1848, he published his first hit song, Oh! Susanna, which became an international favorite. In 1850, he signed a contract with the Christy Minstrels to supply them with songs and over the next decade produced some of the most memorable works in American musical history including Campdown Races, Old Folks at Home, My Old Kentucky Home and Jeannie With the Light-Brown Hair. In spite of his immense popularity and success as a songwriter, Foster made very little from his works in terms of financial rewards. Copyright infringement was common in that era and pirate sheet music publishers took the bulk of money earned from Foster's work. He moved to New York City in 1860, but the Civil War influenced the commercial music market and Foster's fortunes declined. He became destitute and died after an accident in his hotel at the age of only 37. His other works include Old Uncle Ned (1848), Nelly Was a Lady (1849), Hard Times Come Again No More (1855), The White House Chair (1856) and Beautiful Dreamer (1864).

eBook Code Title/Sub-Title Pub. Yr Pages File Size Type Download Format Find Printed Copy
ASCF001 Holiday Schottische 1853 4 908k Music Score Download PDF - 'Holiday Schottische' (ASCF001)
ASCF003 Quadrilles
  Cane Break Jig
  Farewell, My Little Dear
  Nelly Bly
  Oh! Boys Carry Me Long
  Old Folks at Home (Swanee River)
1851 6 1558k Music Score Download PDF - 'Quadrilles' (ASCF003)
ASCF006 Santa Anna's Retreat From Buena Vista 1848 5 1166k Music Score Download PDF - 'Santa Anna's Retreat From Buena Vista' (ASCF006)
ASCF004 Soiree Polka 1850 4 911k Music Score Download PDF - 'Soiree Polka' (ASCF004)
ASCF005 Tioga Waltz 1839 4 966k Music Score Download PDF - 'Tioga Waltz' (ASCF005)
ASCF002 The Village Bells 1850 5 1219k Music Score Download PDF - 'The Village Bells' (ASCF002)

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