Friday, July 15, 2011

Oh! Susanna

“Oh! Susanna” was written in the 1840s by America’s first great songwriter, Stephen Foster. The Virginia Minstrels and The Christy’s Minstrels (two of New York’s first performing troupes) encouraged the young Foster to write minstrel show music. “Oh! Susanna” fits this category and eventually enjoyed great popularity. The lyrics describe a man from Alabama traveling to Louisiana to court his lover.

From Book I of the O'Connor Method.

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