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Stephen Collins Foster: A Guide to Resources

Sound Recordings

The following recordings are found in several different collections at the Library of Congress. Please direct questions about recordings of the music of Stephen Collins Foster to the Recorded Sound Reference Center at the link below:

About the Recorded Sound Research Center

The Recorded Sound Research Center provides access to the commercial and archival audio holdings of the Library of Congress. The collection dates from 1926 when Victor Records donated over 400 discs to the Library's Music Division to supplement its print and manuscript holdings. In the custody of the Motion Picture Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division since 1978, the collection has grown to include over 2 million items encompassing audio formats from cylinders to CDs.

Recordings by Baritone Thomas Hampson

Thomas Hampson (baritone) and Craig Rutenberg (piano). Cliburn Concerts series. Recorded live in the Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth, Texas, November 15, 2005.

Thomas Hampson (baritone) accompanied by Molly Mason (guitar), Jay Ungar (mandolin), and David Alpher (piano). From "American Dreamer: Songs of Stephen Foster" (compact disc, Angel CDC 7 54621 2).

Field Recording Collected by Sidney Robertson Cowell

Field recording from the California Gold: Northern California Folk Music from the Thirties collection, performed by John A. McCready in Groveland, Tuolumne County, California, 1939.

Recordings from the National Jukebox

Below is a list of featured sound recordings of Stephen Foster's music. Search for "Stephen Foster" in the National Jukebox to find a wider variety of choices. The first recording is sung by John McCormack (tenor), Reinald Werrenrath, Lambert Murphy, and Harry Macdonough (ensemble), recorded 1914.

Merle Alcock (contralto), recorded 1919.

Louise Homer (contralto) with male quartet and orchestra, recorded 1919.

Lambert Murphy (tenor), recorded 1922.