Give This to Mother (Foster, Stephen)

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Work Title Give This to Mother
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Composer Foster, Stephen
Key E-flat major
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 1
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1864
Librettist S. W. Harding
Language English
Average DurationAvg. Duration 3 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation Soloist and Piano
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Upon one of the Battle fields near Washington, a dying patriotic drummer boy pulled off a locket from his neck; saying to one of his comrades in his last expiring moments: "Give this to Mother" The last words of this drummer boy, formed the subject for this musical composition of Stephen C. Foster, the celebrated composer of a thousand popular American songs. Three days after, he handed us this _Sweet composition_, for which he promised to write a biographical sketch of the subject of this song, death summoned him to his last account. We therefore where [sic] obliged to fill up this space, with the present sad remarks.