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The Resource The life and songs of Stephen Foster : a revealing portrait of the forgotten man behind Swanee River, Beautiful dreamer, and My old Kentucky home, JoAnne O'Connell

The life and songs of Stephen Foster : a revealing portrait of the forgotten man behind Swanee River, Beautiful dreamer, and My old Kentucky home, JoAnne O'Connell

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The life and songs of Stephen Foster : a revealing portrait of the forgotten man behind Swanee River, Beautiful dreamer, and My old Kentucky home
Title
The life and songs of Stephen Foster
Title remainder
a revealing portrait of the forgotten man behind Swanee River, Beautiful dreamer, and My old Kentucky home
Statement of responsibility
JoAnne O'Connell
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The Life and Songs of Stephen Foster offers an engaging reassessment of the life, politics, and legacy of the misunderstood father of American music. Once revered the world over, Foster's plantation songs, like "Old Folks at Home" and "My Old Kentucky Home," fell from grace in the wake of the Civil Rights Movement due to their controversial lyrics. Foster embraced the minstrel tradition for a brief time, refining it and infusing his songs with sympathy for slaves, before abandoning the genre for respectable parlor music. The youngest child in a large family, he grew up in the shadows of a successful older brother and his president brother-in-law, James Buchanan, and walked a fine line between the family's conservative politics and his own pro-Lincoln sentiments. Foster lived most of his life just outside of industrial, smoke-filled Pittsburgh and wrote songs set in a pastoral South--unsullied by the grime of industry but tarnished by the injustice of slavery. Rather than defining Foster by his now-controversial minstrel songs, JoAnne O'Connell reveals a prolific composer who concealed his true feelings in his lyrics and wrote in diverse styles to satisfy the changing tastes of his generation. In a trenchant reevaluation of his NewYork Bowery years, O'Connell illustrates how Foster purposely abandoned the style for which he was famous to write lighthearted songs for newly popular variety stages and music halls. In the last years of his life, Foster's new direction in songwriting stood in the vanguard of vaudeville and musical comedy to pave the way for the future of American popular music. His stylistic flexibility in the face of evolving audience preferences not only proves his versatility as a composer but also reveals important changes in the American music and publishing industries. An intimate biography of a complex, controversial, and now neglected composer, The Life and Songs of Stephen Foster is an important story about the father of American music. This invaluable portrait of the political, economic, social, racial, and gender issues of antebellum and Civil War America will appeal to history and music lovers of all generations [Publisher description]
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1950-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
O'Connell, JoAnne
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
ML410.F78
LC item number
O3 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Foster, Stephen Collins
  • Foster, Stephen Collins
  • Composers
  • Popular music
  • Composers
  • Popular music
  • United States
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Composers & Musicians
  • HISTORY / United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877)
  • MUSIC / Genres & Styles / Folk & Traditional
  • MUSIC / Individual Composer & Musician
Label
The life and songs of Stephen Foster : a revealing portrait of the forgotten man behind Swanee River, Beautiful dreamer, and My old Kentucky home, JoAnne O'Connell
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 411-422) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Pioneer elites -- Foreclosure and the death of Charlotte -- All up and down the whole creation -- Schooldays in Brother William's sunshine -- At home in Allegheny -- Musical bookkeeper -- Awakening in Cincinnati -- Non-companionate marriage -- "Swanee River", E.P. Christy, and sentimental minstrelsy -- Shiras and the antislavery impulse -- Piano girls and parlor songs -- Hoboken and deaths in the family -- Buchanan Glee Club -- Royalties sellout -- New York "potboilers" -- War songs and Copperhead relatives -- Foster-Cooper "song factory" -- Concert saloons and variety music -- Last days on the Bowery -- Accidental death or suicide? -- Epilogue: What came afterward
Control code
944394319
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxxii, 435 pages, 28 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781442253865
Lccn
2016011230
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
Illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)944394319
Label
The life and songs of Stephen Foster : a revealing portrait of the forgotten man behind Swanee River, Beautiful dreamer, and My old Kentucky home, JoAnne O'Connell
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 411-422) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Pioneer elites -- Foreclosure and the death of Charlotte -- All up and down the whole creation -- Schooldays in Brother William's sunshine -- At home in Allegheny -- Musical bookkeeper -- Awakening in Cincinnati -- Non-companionate marriage -- "Swanee River", E.P. Christy, and sentimental minstrelsy -- Shiras and the antislavery impulse -- Piano girls and parlor songs -- Hoboken and deaths in the family -- Buchanan Glee Club -- Royalties sellout -- New York "potboilers" -- War songs and Copperhead relatives -- Foster-Cooper "song factory" -- Concert saloons and variety music -- Last days on the Bowery -- Accidental death or suicide? -- Epilogue: What came afterward
Control code
944394319
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxxii, 435 pages, 28 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781442253865
Lccn
2016011230
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
Illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)944394319

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