Monday 24 May 2010
Tune of the Day: Beautiful Dreamer
Popular American song by Stephen Foster
Composed late in his life and published posthumously in 1864, Stephen Foster's “Beautiful Dreamer” is one of the composer's most memorable ballads. It was written at least six months before Foster's death, when he was destitute and in poor health, and survived by selling songs at extremely cheap rates.
Although this piece has little in common with the songwriter's earlier efforts, like “Oh! Susanna”, which had launched his career, “Beautiful Dreamer” exemplifies Foster's final sentiments and has become one of America's most beloved serenades.