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In addition to touring troupes and performances on parlor pianos, much of Foster's music circulated during his lifetime in versions for brass bands. Adolphe Sax, best known today as the inventor of the saxophone, had perfected "saxhorns" in the 1840s, a matched family of conical bore brasses using the recently developed valve system, and their powerful yet sweet sound quickly came to dominate public music throughout mid-19th century America. As an adventure in musical time travel the sounds that listeners in Foster's time would have heard are duplicated on this recording by a quintet of authentic period instruments. Their unique sound is strikingly different from that of modern brasses. Additionally, at a time when the distinctions between classical and popular music were less marked than today, their performers would have blended elements of classical, popular and folk traditions. Though Foster wrote few instrumental pieces himself, his sturdy melodies were regularly adapted as marches, quick steps and dance pieces by other composers, a typical practice of the time.

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1) Ellen Bayne Quick Step
2) Bronze Bob Tail Horse Quick Step
3) Why No One to Love
4) California Quick Step
5) Beautiful Dreamer
6) Dolly Day Quick Step
7) Hard Times Waltz
8) We Are Coming Father Abraam 300000 More
9) Colonel Meeker's Quick Step
10) March. My Old Kentucky Home
11) My Wife Is a Most Knowing Woman
12) Maggie By My Side Grand March
13) Santa Anna's Retreat from Buena Vista
14) Willie Schottisch
15) George Hart's Quick Step
16) Some Folks
17) Open Thy Lattice Love
18) Old Dog Tray March
19) Camptown Quick Step
20) Massa's in the Cold Ground
21) When This Dreadful War Is Over
22) Come Where My Love Lies Dreaming
23) Come Where My Love Lies Dreaming Quick Step
24) Gentle Annie
25) Lulu Is Gone
26) Where Has Lula Gone
27) Farewell My Lily Dear Quick Step

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