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Sidney Homer
1864 - 1953
United States of America, MA
S. Homer
Sidney Homer (09/12/1864 - 10/07/1953), an American composer, from Boston. He was acknowledged as one of America's foremost song composers, whose works were familiar to all the prominent concert singers of the period. The prolific composer who created over one hundred songs earned royalties of $13,577.14 in a five month period in 1914-1915--a considerable sum which indicates the pervasiveness and popularity of his music at the height of his fame. And yet in the years following his death, despite the efforts of his nephew, Samuel Barber, to issue compilations of his best work, the tireless attempts of his daughter Kathryn Homer Fryer to urge Schirmer to reprint works long out-of-print, and the championing of a few committed recitalists, Homer's songs have fallen into neglect and are eminently ripe for revival.
Composed in:1904
Musical form:song
Text/libretto:Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 - 1894)
Label(s):Audiosonic (vol. 4)
One of “Six Songs from Underwoods”, text by Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 - 1894), an American poet.
Appropriately it was Stevenson's own short poem, ‘Requiem’ (1880, from an 1887 collection), that was written on his tomb:
Under the wide and starry sky,
Dig the grave and let me lie...

♫ Requiem
© Pearl GEMM CD 9950
Author:Richard Dury
The text of "Requiem" by Stevenson:


Under the wide and starry sky,
Dig the grave and let me lie.
Glad did I live and gladly die,
And I laid me down with a will.

This be the verse you grave for me:
Here he lies where he longed to be;
Home is the sailor, home from sea,
And the hunter home from the hill.

The text of this poem has been used by Sidney Homer, Charles Ives, Ned Rorem, Ernest Whyte, Jonathan Lovenstein, Edward Bell, David Bedford and Luke Zaccaro.
R.L. Stevenson