Foster, Stephen Collins

Alternative names
Dates:
Birth 1826-07-04
Death 1864-01-13
Americans

Biographical notes:

Stephen Collins foster was born in Pittsburgh in 1826. He wasnaturally inclined to music and he wrote over one hundred and seventy songs in his short life. He traveled to New Orleans and New York to compose music but still came back to Pittsburgh, where he died in 1864.

From the description of Stephen Foster Collins collection 1931-1932 [typescripts]. (Historical Society of W Pennsylvania). WorldCat record id: 48010401

Robert Russell Bennett was an American composer, orchestrator and conductor.

From the guide to the Robert Russell Bennett papers, 1911-1981, (Music Library)

Stephen Collins Foster (1826-1864) was born in Lawrenceville (now a neighborhood of Pittsburgh) and was a prominent American composer and songwriter. In 1842 he published his song "Open the Lattice, Love." In 1846, S. Foster went to Cincinnati as a bookkeeper, returning to Pittsburgh in 1850 to marry Mary Jane McDowell. In 1849, he entered into a contract with New York publishers. From 1860 he lived in New York City and died there in 1864. Stephen C. Foster left about two hundred songs, for most of which he wrote the words as well as the music. They include ; "My Old Kentucky Home," "Old Folks at Home," and "Oh, Susannah."

From the description of Collection 1883-1954. (Historical Society of W Pennsylvania). WorldCat record id: 35228202

Arranged 1977. First performance Grand Forks, North Dakota, 7 October 1977, Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra, Jack L. Miller conductor, George Britton soloist.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of Stephen Foster medley / arranged by Sam Denison. [19--] (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 51909045

Epithet: American songwriter

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000977.0x0001fa

Anadolia originally composed for solo flute or solo violin. Jennie's Own Schottische originally composed for 1st violin or flute, 2nd violin, and bass. Both first published in Foster's The Social Orchestra, Firth, Pond and Company, New York, 1854. This transcription 1954. First performance in this version Washington, D.C. National Gallery Orchestra, Richard Bales conductor.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of Two pieces from the social orchestra : 1. Anadolia ; 2. Jennie's own Schottish / Stephen C. Foster ; arr. by Richard Bales. 1954. (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 51909027

Originally composed for flute, 2 violins, and bass. First published in Part IV of Foster's Social Orchestra, by Firth, Pond, and Company, New York 1854. This transcription, 1966; first performance Alexandria, Virginia, 3 April 1966, National Gallery Orchestra, Richard Bales conductor.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of Village festival : a set of quadrilles from the social orchestra (1853) / by Stephen Foster ; ed. and arr. for string orchestra by Richard Bales. 1966. (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 51909035

The composer's anthology of popular 19th century American and European melodies set as instrumental solos, duets, trios, and quartets, first published 1854. Movements 1, 2 and 4 arranged by Bales 1966. 1 and 2 first performed Washington, D.C., 3 April 1966, National Gallery Orchestra, Richard Bales conductor, William Montgomery flautist. Movement 4 arrangement first performed Alexandria, Virginia, 21 April 1966, string section of National Gallery Orchestra, Richard Bales conductor. Movements 3 and 5 arranged by Bales 1954. First performance of arrangement Washington, D.C., 1954, National Gallery Orchestra, Richard Bales conductor. Movements also available separately; see callno.: 7162, 2390s, 2391s.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of Five movements from the social orchestra / Stephen Foster ; arr. by Richard Bales. 1954. (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 51909021

Originally composed for the piano, first published 1853. First 4 movements based on Foster's songs of the same names with lyrics by the composer, all first published 1851 except Nelly Bly, first published 1850. Fifth movement of the piano version was called Crane Brake Jig and was an original composition. Foster's transcription for flute, 2 violins, and bass first published in Part IV of Foster's Social Orchestra, Firth, Pond, and Company, New York 1854. Fifth movement retitled Plantation Jig. This transcription with coda added by transcriber, 1966; first performance Alexandria, Virginia, 21 April 1966, string section of the National Gallery Orchestra, Richard Bales conductor.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of Old folks quadrilles : from the social orchestra (1853) / by Stephen Foster ; ed. and arr. for string orchestra by Richard Bales. c1966. (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 51909033

Composer.

Foster, a native of Pennsylvania, began writing and publishing music in the 1840's. In 1851 he entered into an agreement with E. P. Christy, leader of the Christy's Minstrels, which permitted the singers to introduce his compositions in public before publication. According to tradition, Foster's visits to the Rowan family mansion near Bardstown, Federal Hill, inspired the writing of "My Old Kentucky Home." The tune, published in 1853, was later adopted as Kentucky's state song. Foster died in New York in 1864. Marion Foster Welch was Stephen Foster's daughter.

From the description of Stephen Collins Foster papers, 1856-1946, 1931-1946 (bulk dates) (University of Kentucky Libraries). WorldCat record id: 13387419

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Subjects:

  • String quintets (Violins (2), violas, violoncello, double bass), Arranged--Parts
  • String orchestra music, Arranged--Scores and parts
  • Musicians
  • Choruses, Secular (Mixed voices, 4 parts) with orchestra, Arranged--Scores and parts
  • Minstrel shows
  • Music, American
  • Dance music
  • Piano music, arranged
  • State songs
  • Popular music--19th century
  • Minstrel music
  • Campaign songs
  • Violin and piano music, Arranged--Scores
  • Orchestral music, Arranged--Scores and parts
  • Music--Manuscripts
  • Songs
  • Songs with orchestra--Scores and parts
  • Presidents--Election--1856
  • Buena Vista, Battle of, Mexico, 1847--Songs and music
  • Quartets (Flute, violins (2), double bass), Arranged--Scores
  • Dance orchestra music, Arranged--Parts
  • Political ballads and songs
  • Popular instrumental music--1901-1910
  • Composers
  • Variations (Piano)
  • Music--19th century
  • Marches (Piano)
  • Songs with band--Parts
  • Band music, Arranged--Parts
  • Flute and piano music, Arranged--Scores
  • Music--Social aspects
  • Music--Manuscripts--Facsimiles

Occupations:

  • Composers
  • Collector

Places:

  • Pennsylvania--Pittsburgh (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • Pennsylvania--Pittsburgh (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • Lawrenceville (Pittsburgh, Pa.) (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)