Matt Van  Brink - composer, pianist, lyricist, educator

Songs of Stephen Foster (2010)

violin and piano | 11 mins.
A medley of Stephen Foster tunes

Commissioned by violinist Lara St. John

My first exposure to the songs of Stephen Foster was through cartoons. Classic animated shorts relied on Foster's tunes for stock musical motifs, evoking everything from "Old Folks at Home" to "Camptown Races." This new arrangement of mine, written for Lara St. John and Martin Kennedy, completely reexamines some of Foster's greatest hits, transforming them into a violinistic showpiece. It's a medley of cheerful romps and lyrical melismata -- but without the talking rabbits.

First performed by Lara St. John & Martin Kennedy
October 2010, The Rockefeller University, New York