Sidney Homer (9 December 1864? - 10 July 1953) was a classical composer, primarily of songs.
Born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, in 1864 (sometimes listed as 1865), he was the youngest child of deaf parents. He attended Phillips Academy, Andover, in the Class of 1884, but did not attend college. He married contralto Louise Dilworth Beatty in 1895. The couple had six children, including authors Anne Homer and Joy Homer. Sidney Homer died in 1953 in Winter Park, Florida. Sidney Homer's influence included his mentoring and supporting his nephew composer Samuel Barber. Scholarship on Homer was a particular focus of musicologist Harry Colin Thorpe.
Homer composed many of his songs with the voice of his famous wife in mind. Among his most famous songs are "A Banjo Song" (Weeden), "Requiem" (Stevenson), "Casey at the Bat" (Thayer), and "The House that Jack Built" ("Mother Goose.")
Sidney and Louise had six children, including twin daughters Anne and Kathryn, son Sidney jr. (a famous economist and author), and daughter Louise "jr."
- Online profile
- Sidney Homer page at The Lied and Art Song Texts Page
- Sheet music for "Plantation Hymn", New York: G. Schirmer, 1909. From Alabama Sheet Music Collection.
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