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Editors' Introduction

Editors' Introduction MARIANA WHITMER AND DEANE ROOT Editors’ Introduction Stephen Collins Foster (July 4, 1826–January 13, 1864) was the first full- time songwriter in the United States, and still one of the most signifi- cant in the nation’s his- tory. As the editors of the chapter titled “Stephen Foster ’s Legacy” wrote in Music in the USA: A D o c u m e n t a r y C o m p a n- ion, “A broad multicul- tural public heard itself in the songs written by Stephen Foster . . ., who forged a synthesis among a variety of styles—from Thomas Moore’s Irish parlor songs and bel canto Italian opera to blackface minstrelsy and revival hymns . . . Fos- Stephen Foster ter ’s songs were as com- mon as bread on the table.” Another musicologist summed up the wide spread of Foster ’s songs throughout the country thus: “Never before, and rarely since, did any music come so close to being a shared experi- ence for so many Americans.” American Music Fall 2012 © 2013 by the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois 270 Whitmer and Root Foster ’s legacy and the documentation of his life http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Music University of Illinois Press

Editors' Introduction

American Music , Volume 30 (3) – Apr 24, 2013

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University of Illinois Press
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Abstract

MARIANA WHITMER AND DEANE ROOT Editors’ Introduction Stephen Collins Foster (July 4, 1826–January 13, 1864) was the first full- time songwriter in the United States, and still one of the most signifi- cant in the nation’s his- tory. As the editors of the chapter titled “Stephen Foster ’s Legacy” wrote in Music in the USA: A D o c u m e n t a r y C o m p a n- ion, “A broad multicul- tural public heard itself in the songs written by Stephen Foster . . ., who forged a synthesis among a variety of styles—from Thomas Moore’s Irish parlor songs and bel canto Italian opera to blackface minstrelsy and revival hymns . . . Fos- Stephen Foster ter ’s songs were as com- mon as bread on the table.” Another musicologist summed up the wide spread of Foster ’s songs throughout the country thus: “Never before, and rarely since, did any music come so close to being a shared experi- ence for so many Americans.” American Music Fall 2012 © 2013 by the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois 270 Whitmer and Root Foster ’s legacy and the documentation of his life

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Published: Apr 24, 2013

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