With the Light Brown Hair
Composed by: Stephen Collins Foster
Arr: Merv Rowley
Many have called Stephen C. Foster the "Father of
American Music". Certainly, in 19th century
America, he was the most well-known and prolific of
Space does not permit his life story, easily found in
links below, dealing with his biography. His music dealt
with only two themes: Negro life as portrayed in his
songs of the Minstrels, and ballads, usually about
beautiful, sad ladies. In this connection,
Jeanie of this month's song selection, was his
fond nickname for Jane Mac Dowell, his dear wife.
Readers will notice the professionalism of Foster's
poetic lyrics, rivaled only by his music.
Although only 40 or so of his compositions were
published during his life (he died at 37), at least 200
unpublished songs were found after his death, some
scribbled in pencil on grocery bags... his only source
of paper. We know that Beautiful
Dreamer, perhaps his finest effort, was published
He died, nearly penniless, in a charity hospital in New
York City in 1864.
We hope you all enjoy this beautifully sad story of Jeanie With the Light Brown Hair.
Your 1-3-5 Team
I Dream of Jeanie.pdf
Dream of Jeanie.tef
Dream of Jeanie.MID
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