Stephen Collins Foster (July 4, 1826 – January 13,
1864), known as the "father of American music", was an
American songwriter primarily known for his parlour and
minstrel music. Foster wrote over 200 songs; among his
best known are "Oh! Susanna", "Camptown Races", "Old
Folks at Home", "My Old Kentucky Home", "Jeanie with
the Light Brown Hair", "Old Black Joe", and "Beautiful
Dreamer". Many of his compositions remain popular more
than 150 years after he wrote them.
The Social Orchestra consists of eighty-three pages of
music presenting various instrumental arrangements of
popular airs of the day, melodies of well-known operas,
arrangements of Foster's own songs, and several new
instrumental works composed by Foster himself
including, "Anadolia", which appears on page 22.