Sidney Homer

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Sidney Homer

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. 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.[1]

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."

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  1. ^ See Harry Colin Thorpe, "The Songs of Sidney Homer" in Musical Quarterly, Vol. XVII (1931), pp. 47-73.