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Foster, Stephen Collins Stephen Collins Foster
United States (USA) United States (USA)
(1826 - 1864)
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Foster, Stephen Collins: "Beautiful Dreamer" for English Handbells

"Beautiful Dreamer" for English Handbells
Stephen Collins Foster

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Composer :Stephen Collins FosterStephen Collins Foster (1826 - 1864)
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Stephen Collins FosterMagatagan, Mike (1960 - )
Date :1862
Copyright :Public Domain
I created this simple arrangement at the request of a member for use in her Church by her Children's Handbell Choir.

"Beautiful Dreamer" is a parlor song by Stephen Foster (1826–1864). It was published posthumously in March 1864 by Wm. A. Pond & Co. of New York. The first edition declares on the title page that "Beautiful Dreamer" is "the last song ever written by Stephen C. Foster. Composed but a few days prior to his death." Carol Kimball, the author of Song, points out however that the copyright date on the first edition is 1862, and this suggests, she writes, that the song was composed and readied for publication two years before Foster's death. There are at least 20-odd songs, she observes, that all claim to be Foster's last, and it is unknown which is indeed his last. The song is set in a 9/8 rhythm with a broken chord accompaniment.

The song tells of a lover serenading a "Beautiful Dreamer", who is oblivious to all worldly cares and may actually be dead. Foster's work features many dead young women including Annie, Laura Lee, and Jeanie. Helen Lightner writes, "This sentimental ballad is folk-like in character with its repetitious but lovely melody and its basic harmonic accompaniment… The quiet and calm of this mood is portrayed by the monotony of the arpeggiated accompaniment, by the repetitiveness of the melodic pattern, and by the strophic form itself."
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Added by magataganm, 11 Feb 2013

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