Homer, Sidney, American composer; b. Boston, Dec. 9, 1864; d. Winter Park, Fla., July 10, 1953. He studied in Boston with Chadwick, then in Leipzig and Munich. In 1895 he married Louise (Dilworth née Beatty) , his pupil, and went with her to Paris. He publ, a book of memoirs, My Wife and I (N.Y., 1939). He publ, about 100 songs, many of which won great favor, particularly A Banjo Song. Others include Dearest, Requiem, Prospice, Bandanna Ballads, It was the time of roses, General William Booth Enters into Heaven, The Song of the Shirt, Sheep and Lambs, Sing me a song of a lad that is gone, and The Pauper’s Drive. He also composed a Sonata for Organ (1922), Quintet for Piano and Strings (1932), Violin Sonata (1936), String Quartet (1937), and Piano Trio (1937).
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