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Variations on "My Old Kentucky Home"

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Stephen Foster

Stephen Foster (arr. Ito)

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Year:1852 / 2010
Duration: c. 7:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Yamaha Music Media
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - Unknown


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Program Notes

My Old Kentucky Home, Good-Night! is an anti-slavery ballad originally written by Stephen Foster, probably composed in 1852. It was published as in January 1853 by Firth, Pond, & Co. of New York. Foster likely composed the song after having been inspired by the narrative of popular anti-slavery novelist Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin, while likely referencing imagery witnessed on his visits to the Bardstown, Kentucky, farm called Federal Hill.

In Foster's sketchbook, the song was originally entitled Poor Uncle Tom, Good-Night!, but was altered by Foster as My Old Kentucky Home, Good-Night! Frederick Douglass, an abolitionist, wrote in his 1855 autobiography My Bondage and My Freedom that the song "awakens sympathies for the slave, in which antislavery principles take root, grow, and flourish".

- Program Note from Wikipedia

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