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This month's Free Tablature is
"Beautiful Dreamer"

Stephen C. Foster - 1862
from the playing of David Schnaufer





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In 2006,  the dulcimer world lost one its greatest talents and advocates, David L. Schnaufer,  to a battle with cancer.  He left behind legions of friends, admirers, and inspired dulcimer players who mourn his loss, and celebrate his life.  His music especially is in all of us who ever had the privilege of meeting him, hearing him, and learning from him, and his influence continues to spread as we continue to share what he taught us with others.  For more about David's life, check out this "Remembering David" page.   And here is a link to a wonderful article written about David written shortly before he passed away titled "Starry Lullaby", which was the title of one of David's original songs.

September was David's birth month, so once again, I am taking this opportunity to post an arrangement that was inspired by his playing.   This month's tune is the Stephen Foster classic "Beautiful Dreamer", which was published shortly after the composer's death in 1864, and thought to be one of the last songs he ever wrote.   David originally recorded this on his 1988 album titled "Dulcimer Deluxe", which was released in cassette tape format.   A few years later, he combined it with his follow-up recording "Dulcimer Player", had them digitally re-mastered, and released them as a single CD titled "Dulcimer Player Deluxe".   .

Stephen C. Foster (1826-1864) is often referred to as the "father of popular American music".  As a songwriter, he is primarily known for his parlor and minstrel music.   Foster published over 200 songs in his lifetime.  Many of his compositions remain popular more than 150 years after he wrote them.   Some of his better known works include "Oh Susanna", "Camptown Races", "My Old Kentucky Home", "Swanee River", "Hard Times", and "Beautiful Dreamer", which has become one of America's most beloved serenades.  Written just  before the end of the Civil War, it was popular among soldiers in both the Union and Confederate armies.  It was said that General Grant banned the tune from being played or sung in the Union army camps, for fear that it would lead to feelings of homesickness among the men leading to increased rates of desertion.

David's performance of the tune is a richly arpeggiated finger-picked version that perfectly conveys Foster's original score.   It is in the key of G out of D-A-d tuning, but does not require the use of a capo.   Here is a link to an mp3 file of a sample of David's recording.   If you'd like to hear the full cut, plus the rest of the 26 tracks from the "Dulcimer Deluxe" recording, it is still in print, and available from many of our friendly dulcimer vendors.

This is a 2-part arrangement, melody and bass, so find a playing partner and enjoy.   I'm sure that David will be listening with a huge grin on his face.




Beautiful dreamer, wake unto me,
Starlight and dewdrops are waiting for thee;
Sounds of the rude world heard in the day,
Lull’d by the moonlight have all pass’d away!

Beautiful dreamer, queen of my song,
List while I woo thee with soft melody;
Gone are the cares of life’s busy throng,
Beautiful dreamer, awake unto me!

Beautiful dreamer, out on the sea,
Mermaids are chanting the wild lorelei;
Over the streamlet vapors are borne,
Waiting to fade at the bright coming morn.

Beautiful dreamer, beam on my heart,
E’en as the morn on the streamlet and sea;
Then will all clouds of sorrow depart,
Beautiful dreamer, awake unto me!


JPG Dulcimer







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