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Stephen Foster was born in USA in 1826. This composer belonged to the Traditional period, and died in 1864. Foster

Stephen Foster  (1826-1864) was born in Pennsylvania, U.S.A. and was one of  ten children in a poor to middle-class family. He only spent one month at college, and had little formal music training. Despite this, he published several songs before the age of twenty.

Two contrasting influences shaped his early years, a music shop owner with  classical training, and a clown who dressed as a minstrel with his face painted black.

Stephen Foster was the most famous songwriter in the USA of the 19th century. He wrote Campdown Races, Oh Susanna, and Old Folks at Home, amongst many more.

Works written by Foster      
Audio is available for 7 tunes by this composer.
No.Name of WorkCategoryEnsembleSoloInstrument
1 Beautiful DreamerFolk SongChoirHarp
2 Camptown RacesFolk SongSoloPiano
3 I Dream of Jeannie with the Light Brown HairFolk SongSoloPiano
4 My Old Kentucky HomeFolk SongSoloPiano
5 Oh SusannaFolk SongRhythm ComboGuitar
6 Poor Old JoeFolk SongDuetViolin
7 The Old Folks at Home (Way down upon the Swanee River)Folk SongRhythm ComboHarmonica
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