Sidney Homer

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Sidney Homer
Sidney Homer.jpg
Born(1864-12-09)December 9, 1864
DiedJuly 10, 1953(1953-07-10) (aged 88)
EducationPhillips Academy
Louise Dilworth Beatty
(m. 1895; her death 1947)

Sidney Homer, Sr. (9 December 1864 – 10 July 1953) was a classical composer, primarily of songs.


Homer was the youngest child born to deaf parents in Boston, Massachusetts on December 9, 1864 (some sources use 1865). He attended the 1884 class of Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, but did not attend college, although he studied composition with George Whitefield Chadwick and with Josef Rheinberger in Munich.[1] He married contralto Louise Dilworth Beatty in 1895.

Sidney and Louise had six children, including twin daughters Anne Homer and Kathryn Homer, son Sidney Homer, Jr. (economist and author), and daughter Louise Homer.

Sidney Homer died on July 10, 1953 in Winter Park, Florida.


Sidney Homer's influence included his mentoring and supporting his nephew, the composer Samuel Barber. Scholarship on Homer was a particular focus of musicologist Harry Colin Thorpe.[2]

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.")

Homer's memoir, My Wife and I, was published by Macmillan in 1939 and reprinted by Da Capo Press in 1978.

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  1. ^ Homer, Sidney (1943). Seventeen Songs by Sidney Homer. New York: G. Schirmer. p. 3.
  2. ^ See Harry Colin Thorpe, "The Songs of Sidney Homer" in Musical Quarterly, Vol. XVII (1931), pp. 47-73.