Parkhurst, Susan McFarland [Parkhurst, Mrs E.A. ]
- Judith Tick
[Parkhurst, Mrs E.A. ]
(b Leicester, MA, June 5, 1836; d Brooklyn, NY, May 4, 1918). American composer . She composed popular songs and parlour piano solos during the 1860s. A skilful writer, she gained most recognition for songs on such topical themes as temperance and abolition. Father’s a drunkard and mother is dead (1866), which she and her daughter (‘Little Effie’) performed at concerts and temperance meetings in New York, became a standard of the period. Other successful songs include New Emancipation Song, There are voices, Spirit Voices and Weep no more for Lilly (all 1864).
Horace Waters, the New York publisher associated mainly with Stephen Foster, promoted Parkhurst’s work, printing a Select Catalogue of Mrs. E.A. Parkhurst’s Compositions in 1864. She contributed tunes to Waters’s collections of ‘Sunday school’ hymns: The Athenaeum (1863), The Golden Harp (1863) and Zion’s Refreshing Showers (1867). In the early 1860s Parkhurst worked at Waters’s music store, where she encountered Foster. She published ‘Personal Recollections of the Last Days of Stephen Foster’ in the ...