Stephen Collins Foster Biography - online book

A Biography Of America's Folk-Song Composer By Harold Vincent Milligan

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occupies a unique position in the history of music, not only of America, but of the world. No other single individual produced so many of those songs which are called "folk-songs," by which is meant songs that so perfectly express the mood and spirit of the people that they become a part of the life of all the "folk" and speak as the voice, not of an individual, but of all. So completely do the "folk" absorb these songs and adapt them to their own uses, that the individuality and frequently even the name of the originator is completely lost, thus giving rise to the erroneous idea that a "folk-song" is a song created not by an individual but by a community. Harold Vincent Milligan 1919

Sorry for the odd errors and weirdnesses you will find in my web version of this book. Scanning & OCR is difficult at the best of times and there were quality problems with the original for this book, anyway I hope what I have presented here will be of some use

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