Monday, January 13, 2014

Pittsburgh commemorates composer's legacy

From Pittsburgh-

Foster's well-attended funeral service was held Jan. 21 at Trinity Church, which stood on the site of the present Episcopal cathedral on Sixth Avenue, Downtown. The church choir and soloist Henry Kleber, who had taught Foster music theory, sang, but the story in the next day's paper makes no mention of any of Foster's songs being performed in the church.

After a final prayer by the pastor, the Rev. C.E. Swope, "the assemblage was dismissed and the remains of the deceased were slowly borne from the church, and followed to the grave by a large concourse of friends."

Foster's tunes were heard that day in Allegheny Cemetery, according to the Gazette. As the composer was laid to rest, a band played "Come Where My Love Lies Dreaming" and "Old Folks at Home," "two of Mr. Foster's most pleasing and popular compositions."

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