Sunday Bandstand 24 November 2019

Sunday Bandstand 24 November 2019

Stephen Collins Foster (July 4, 1826 – January 13, 1864), known as "the father of American music", was an American songwriter known primarily for his parlour and minstrel music. He wrote more than 200 songs, including "Oh! Susanna", "Hard Times Come Again No More", "Camptown Races", "Old Folks at Home" ("Swanee River"), "My Old Kentucky Home", "Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair" and many of his compositions remain popular today. He has been identified as "the most famous songwriter of the nineteenth century" and maybe the most recognizable American composer in other countries. His compositions are sometimes referred to as "childhood songs" because they have been included in the music curriculum of early education. Most of his handwritten music manuscripts are lost, but editions issued by publishers of his day can be found in various collections.

Foster became ill with a fever in January 1864. Weakened, he fell in his hotel in the Bowery, cutting his neck. His writing partner George Cooper found him still alive but lying in a pool of blood. Foster died in Bellevue Hospital three days later at the age of 37 Other biographers describe different accounts of his death.

When Foster died, his leather wallet contained a scrap of paper that simply said, "Dear friends and gentle hearts", along with 38 cents in Civil War scrip and three pennies

Foster was buried in the Allegheny Cemetery in Pittsburgh. After his death, Morrison Foster became his "literary executor". As such, he answered requests for copies of manuscripts, autographs, and biographical information. One of the best-loved of his works was "Beautiful Dreamer", published shortly after his death.

First fully professional U.S. songwriter. His music is featured this week in a Gordon Langford arrangement called A Stephen Foster Fantasy.

Playlist 24 November 2019 

Recording Details 

Rhythm and Blues – Philip Sparke   Opening for weekly show Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2010  'Patrons' Choice III' - CD - Egon CD-SFZ154 - 2010
The Wizard March - George Allen  Leyland Band MD: Philip Harper - 2011  'The Age of Chivalry' - CD - Doyen Recording DOY CD280 - 2011
Le Carnival Romaine - Hector Berlioz arr: Frank Wright  GUS (Footwear) Band MD: Stanley Boddington - 1966  
Step Out - Robin Dewhurst Euphonium soloist Glenn van Looy (Belgium) with the Tredegar Town Band MD: Ian Porthouse - 2019  'Step Out' - CD - Doyen recording DOY CD397 - 2019 -
The Norwegian Artist's Carnival Op 14 - Johan Svendsen Black Dyke Mills Band MD: Major Peter Parkes - 1981  'The Concert Sound of the John Foster Black Dyke Mills Band - 1981
Witnesses - Andrew Mackereth North York Temple Band (Canada) BM: Glenn Barlow - 2013  'Everywhere' - CD -  NYTB - 2013
Spanish Trombones - Pascual Marquina  arr: Alan Fernie Trombone section James Stockdale, Scott Quarmby and John Ingman with the Brighouse and Rastrick Band MD: David Hirst - 2004  'Brighouse and Rastrick on a World Tour' - CD - Obrasso Recording  CD895 - 2004
Cherchebi - Mvt 4. Band Contest Day - Goff Richards  Hebden Bridge Brass Band MD: Ian Craddock - 2003  'The Journey' - CD - Kirklees Music KRCD1045 - 2003  
Voyage of Discovery - Goff Richards  Buy As You View Cory Band MD: Dr. Robert Childs - 2006 The Regionals 2006' - CD - Doyen Recording DOY CD206 - 2006
High School Cadets - J.P. Sousa Williams Fairey Band MD: Major Peter Parkes - 1996  'From Maine to Oregon Williams Fairey Band Play Sousa Marches ' - CD - Chandos  4535 - 1996
America from West Side Story - Leonard Bernstein  The Ever Ready Band MD: Stephen Malcolm - 1999  'The Prince Bishops' - CD - Doyen Recording DOYCD096 - 1999
Allegro 3rd Movement from Violin Concerto in E Minor - Felix Mendelssohn arr: Harris  Cornet Soloist Ken Smith (New Zealand) accompanied by pianist Maurice Till - 1953  10 in. disc, Paxton: PR 603
Circle of Life from the Lion King - Elton John, Hans Zimmer  arr: Alan Fernie Brass Band Oberaarguaer (Austria) MD: Manfred Obrecht - 2005  'Epic Film Themes' - CD - Obrasso Recording CD910 - 2005
Little Lisa - James Warr arr: Stanley Boddington Foden's Band MD: Rex Mortimer - 1971  'Brass Supreme' - Vinyl - Polydor ‎– 2485-015 - 1971
A Stephen Foster Fantasy - Stephen Foster arr: Gordon Langford River City Brass Band (Pittsburgh USA)  MD: Robert Bernat - 1993  'Pittsburgh on Parade' - CD - River City Brass Band ‎– BB193A - 1993
The Sandpiper: The Shadow Of Your Smile - Johnny Mandel arr: Dennis Wilby Flugel Soloist David Pogson with the Black Dyke Mills Band MD: Major Peter Parkes - 1981  'The Concert Sound of the John Foster Black Dyke Mills Band -  1981
Mighty Fortress - Steve Kellner The Southern Territorial Band of the Salvation Army  (USA) BM: Nick Simmons - Smith - 2016   'War and Peace' - CD - The Salvation Army - 2016
Prismatic Light - Alan Fernie Brass Band Regensburg (Germany) MD: Dave Lea - 2018  'Brass on Fire' - CD -   2018
Shine as the Light - Peter Graham  Foden's Courtois Band  MD: Bryan Hurdley - 2001  'Master Brass No. 12' - Polyphonic QPRL 212D - CD - 2001
Procession to the Minster - Wagner arr: Howard Snell Massed bands of Desford Colliery Dowty, Britannia Building Society, Brighouse and Rastrick MD: Howard Snell - Royal Albert Hall - 1987  'National Brass Band Championships and Festival Concert 1987' - Vinyl -  
Raby - March - George Allan  Ransome Hoffman and Pollard Band MD: Dennis Masters - 1971  'Rolling Brass' - Vinyl - Marble Arch Records ‎– MALS1418 - 1971
Rhythm and Blues – Philip Sparke   Closing for weekly show Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2010  'Patrons' Choice III' - CD - Egon CD-SFZ154 - 2010

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