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Sidney Homer Edit Profile


Sidney Homer, Sr. was a classical composer, primarily of songs.


Homer, Sidney was born on December 9, 1864 in Boston. Son of George and Anna Maria (Swift) Homer.


Boston Latin School, Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts. First mus. studies with George W. Chadwick. Spent 5 years in Germany, studied 3 years at Royal Conservatory of Munich under Joseph Rheinberger: Doctor Music (honorary), Rollins College, 1939.

Curtis Institute Music, 1943.


Born in Boston, Massachusetts on December 9, 1864 (some sources use 1865), he was the youngest child of deaf parents. Sidney Homer died on July 10, 1953 in Winter Park, Florida. Scholarship on Homer was a particular focus of musicologist Harry Colin Thorpe.

Among his most famous songs are "A Banjo Song" (Weeden), "Requiem" (Stevenson), "Casey at the Bat" (Thayer), and "The House that Jack Built" ("Mother Goose").


  • Other Work

    • Composer (songs)

    • Sweet and Low, and Thy Voice Is Heard (from Tennyson). A Woman’s Last Word (from Browning), and The Last Leaf (from Oliver Wendell Holmes). Sing Me a Song of a Lad That Is Gone, Requiem, and Stormy Evening (from Stevenson’s Underwoods).

      Dearest (from Henley’s Hawthorn and Lavender). The Pauper’s Drive

    • The Bandanna Ballads: The Song of the Shirt. Sheep and Lambs

    • General William Booth Enters Into Heaven (from Vachell Lindsay).

      The Everlasting Mercy. The Widow in the By Street (John Masefield). Chamber music: 2 sonatas, violin and piano, 2 string quartetŝ, trio and quintet, piano and strings.

      Sonata and Introduction and Fugue for organ. Chamber Music and Organ Sanata. Also 17 children’s songs from Christina Rossetti’s “Sing Song.” Author: My Wife and I (bigraphy), 1939.


Member A.S. C.A.P.


Married Louise Dilworth Beatty, January 9, 1895 (deceased. Children: Louise (Mistress Ernes t V. Stires), Sidney, Katharine (Mistress Douglas Fryer), Anne Marie (Mistress William M. Doerflinger) Hester Makepeace (Mistress Robert E. Henry, Junior.

George Homer

Anna Maria (Swift) Homer

Louise Dilworth Beatty

Katharine Homer (Mistress Douglas Fryer)

Sidney Homer

Anne Marie Homer (Mistress William M. Doerflinger) Hester Makepeace (Mistress Robert E. Henry

Louise Homer (Mistress Ernes t V. Stires)

Jr Homer