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Stephen Foster

1826 - 1864

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Stephen Collins Foster (July 4, 1826 – January 13, 1864), known also as "the father of American music", was an American composer and songwriter known primarily for his parlour and minstrel music during the Romantic period. 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", "Old Black Joe", and "Beautiful Dreamer", and many of his compositions remain popular today. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Stephen Foster has received more than 1,721,301 page views. His biography is available in 34 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 32 in 2019). Stephen Foster is the 535th most popular composer (down from 483rd in 2019), the 2,561st most popular biography from United States (down from 2,271st in 2019) and the 30th most popular Composer.

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Among COMPOSERS

Among composers, Stephen Foster ranks 535 out of 1,216Before him are Eugen Doga, Agostino Steffani, Gabriel Pierné, Pietro Nardini, Leo Brouwer, and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. After him are John Adams, Giuseppe Sarti, Louis Couperin, Helmut Lachenmann, Domenico Dragonetti, and Georgy Sviridov.

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Contemporaries

Among people born in 1826, Stephen Foster ranks 21Before him are Georg II, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen, Mikhail Saltykov-Shchedrin, Adolf Bastian, George Johnstone Stoney, Grand Duchess Elizabeth Mikhailovna of Russia, and Karl von Piloty. After him are George B. McClellan, Walter Bagehot, Cetshwayo kaMpande, Henri Mouhot, Princess Alexandra of Bavaria, and Spotted Elk. Among people deceased in 1864, Stephen Foster ranks 23Before him are Jean-Jacques Ampère, Hong Tianguifu, Aimable Pélissier, Antoinette de Mérode, David Roberts, and Adam Wilhelm Moltke. After him are Archduchess Auguste Ferdinande of Austria, Jakob Lorber, Konstanty Kalinowski, Juan José Flores, Christian Ludwig Brehm, and Karl Ernst Claus.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Stephen Foster ranks 2,561 out of 18,182Before him are Rodney Alcala (1943), William Heard Kilpatrick (1871), Ed McBain (1926), Charlie Wilson (1933), Frank Marshall (1877), and Rip Torn (1931). After him are John Adams (1947), Chuck Palahniuk (1962), Janet Jackson (1966), Bob Cousy (1928), Cissy Houston (1933), and Robert Hansen (1939).

Among COMPOSERS In United States

Among composers born in United States, Stephen Foster ranks 30Before him are Richard Rodgers (1902), George Crumb (1929), Bill Conti (1942), Paul Bowles (1910), James Newton Howard (1951), and Danny Elfman (1953). After him are John Adams (1947), George Antheil (1900), Morton Feldman (1926), Carmine Coppola (1910), Jonathan Larson (1960), and Ernest Guiraud (1837).