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Biographical details of composers, lyricists, arrangers. Names are listed in alphabetical order of surname, followed by the pieces contained in this archive of which they were the composer or (where indicated) arranger, etc.
ARDITI, Luigi. Il Bacio
Luigi Arditi (1822-1903) was born in Italy and trained at the Conservatory of Milan. His early career as an opera conductor took him throughout Italy and Europe, as well as USA & Cuba. He settled in England in the late 1850s, conducting at Covent Garden and other theatres. He died at Hove. He composed several operas - I Briganti, Il Corsaro, La Spia; Inno Turco, a setting of a Turkish text; and popular waltzes including Il Bacio (The Kiss), Le Tortorelle, Se Saran Rose and Parla. Il Bacio had a text specially written by the baritone Gottardo Aldighieri (1824-1906) and was dedicated to the Italian soprano, Marietta Piccolomini (1832-1899)
ARMADELL, Louis V Britain's Star of Victory
No information found on this composer.
AYER, Nat D The Bing Boys are Here
Nathaniel Davis Ayer (1887-1952) was an American composer, pianist, singer and actor, who spent much of his career in England. His most famous songs were: Oh, You Beautiful Doll (1911) and If You were the Only Girl in the World (1917). After the First World War he was less successful and was declared bankrupt in 1938. He died in Bath in 1952.
BACHMANN, Georges Le Chant du Laboureur
Georges Bachmann (1848-1894) was a French pianist and compsoer, mainly of salon pieces for the piano, including: Les Sylphes; Chanson du Bon Vieux Temps; Gigue Bretonne
BALFE, M W Come into the Garden, Maud
Michael William Balfe (1808-1870) was an Irish composer, born in Dublin, who trained as a violinist and singer. He is mainly remembered for his operas, including The Bohemian Girl (1843)
BARLOW, F C Clarendon (dance inventor)
No information found
BARNARD, d'Auvergne Henry Cathedral Chimes (Jules Devaux)
d'Auvergne Henry Barnard (1867-1929), born in Islington, was a boy chorister and self-taught pianist. He published music under several pseudonyms, including: Otto Barth, Clothilde, Shiel Dawson, Jules Devaux, Julian Edwards, Francis Foster, Carl Reger, Stuart Scott, Carlo Tonelli. His compositions include The Plains of Peace (song cycle), In My Garden (suite for piano solo) and The Wood Bird's Carol. His 8 Morceaux Characteristiques were also published by B F Wood.
BAYNES, Sidney The Bing Boys are Here (arranger); Destiny
Sidney Baynes (1879-1938) was an English conductor, composer and bandleader. He was born in Sudbury, near Wembley, and grew up in Camden Town. He became an accompanist and then conductor at theatres including The Adelphi and Drury Lane. He composed mainly light music and parlour songs, and worked extensively as an arranger. He worked for the BBC for many years and formed his own orchestra, which he led between 1928 and 1938. His most famous composition was the waltz, Destiny (1912).
1881 census, 2 Copeland Road, Harrow on the Hill: Thomas Baynes (34), ornamental painter, and his wife Rosa (30), his widowed mother Catherine (62) and children Edward (8), Herbert (7), Edith (5), Sidney (2) and Cecil (less than a year)
1891 census: St Paul's Road, St Pancras - all still there, plus 3 more children - Rose (8), Arthur (6), Walter (1). Thomas is described as an artist and ornamental painter. Herbert has been apprenticed to a pianoforte maker.
1911 census, 90 Stroud Green Road, Finsbury Park: Sydney Baynes (32), professional musician, wife Jessie (35), daughter Kathleen (5)
BERNARD, Felix Dardanella
Felix William Bernard (1897-1944) was an American conductor, composer and songwriter, whose most famous song was Winter Wonderland (lyrics by Richard B Smith). The song Dardanella, co-written with Johnny S Black, had words by Fred Fisher.
BISHOP, Sir Henry Chime Again, Beautiful Bells (composer of original song)
Henry Rowley Bishop (1787-1856) was an English composer whose work included over 80 operas and other works for the theatre. He worked for all the major London Theatres of the day and was knighted in 1842. He is best remembered for the song Home Sweet Home, from one of his operas.
BIZET, Georges Carmen
Georges Bizet (1838-1875) was a French composer, best known for his operas - Carmen, The Pearl Fishers, The Fair Maid of Perth, and the orchestral suite L'Arlesienne
BLACK, Johnny S Dardanella
Johnny S Black (1891-1936) was a vaudeville performer, MC, violinist and songwriter. He is remembered for two famous songs - Dardanella (1919, a big hit at the time) and Paper Doll (1915) which only became popular after it was recorded by the Mills Brothers in the 1940s.
BLUM Concert Polka
No information found
BONHEUR, Theo Come into the Garden, Maud (arranger)
One of many pseudonyms used by Charles Arthur Rawlings (c1856-1919) q.v.
BRUGUIER, D Di Piacer
D Bruguier - arranger of a wide range of music, e.g. songs, operatic arias, overtures, which were published in the first 3 decades of 19th century. No information found about his life. A David and Maria Bruguier had a son, David, baptised in St Pancras, London in 1814 these could be members of the same family. There are records of D Bruguiers also in Barnes and Richmond in 19th century.
BULLER, Karl Amazon Galop
No definite information. The Crochet Polka (1850) by a composer of the same name was published by Jullien & Co.
CARLTON, Noel Daffodils
No information found
CHANDLER, Gus Canadian Capers (co-composer)
No information found
CHEVALIER, Albert Coster Songs (co-composer)
Albert Chevalier (1861-1923) was an actor, singer, comedian and music hall artist, whose speciality was songs in the character of a London costermonger. Many of these he wrote with his brother, Charles Ingle. His most famous songs include: Wot Cher; My Old Dutch; The Coster's Serenade.
CLARKE, Cuthbert Danse des Apaches (composer and arranger)
Cuthbert Clarke (1869-1953) b Hampstead, studied privately and at Guildhall School of Music, became musical director of various theatres, including Theatre Royal, Manchester and the Empire Theatre, London. A violinist and pianist, he was also one half of the banjo duo Clarke and Clarke. He wrote the music for a number of ballets,as well as songs and monologues, mostly under his own name but also under the names Elric Olsen and Cyril Claude MacKenzie.
COHEN, Henry Canadian Capers (co-composer)
No information found
CLUTSAM, G H Cinema Music
George Howard Clutsam (1866-1951) was a pianist, composer and arranger who was born in Australia and moved to London in 1889. At first a composer of serious modern music, he turned to lighter music after the First World War, and had great success with Lilac Time (1922), a musical based on arrangements of tunes by Schubert. He also wrote the song Ma Curly Headed Babby, recorded by Paul Robeson.
D'ALBERT, Eugen Allemande, Gavotte & Musette
Eugen D'Albert (1864-1932) was born in Glasgow and initially trained in London before emigrating to Germany, where he studied with Liszt and embarked on a career as a concert pianist. He composed piano & chamber music, songs and operas. He became director of the Hochschule fur Musik in Berlin in 1907, later moving to Zurich and becoming a Swiss citizen.
DAREWSKI, Herman As You Were
Herman Edouard Darewski (1883-1947) was born in Minsk, Belarus (then part of Imperial Russia), the son of a Polish singing professor. The family moved to London, and later (1897-1900) he studied in Vienna. He composed many songs, including Sister Susie's Sewing Shirts for Soldiers, K-K-K-Katy and Ours is a Nice 'Ouse Ours Is. After the failure of his music publishing business he embarked on a successful career as a conductor of light music orchestras.
DAVENPORT, F W Album Leaves (1) & (3)
Francis W Davenport (1847-1925) taught composition at the Royal Academy of Music in the 1880s. In 1876 he had won first prize in the Alexandra Palace Symphony Competition, beating Charles Villiers Stanford into second place. Commentators note that one of the two judges was George MacFarren (1813-1887), a former RAM principal, whose daughter Davenport had married, and some of whose compositions Davenport had arranged for the piano. The Album Leaves are aimed at young pianists, subtitled 'Pianoforte Sketches without octaves'. Davenport was also the author of Elements of Harmony and Counterpoint (1887, rev 1904) and Elements of Music; as well as Davenport's Pianoforte Tutor and (Eyers & Davenport) Scales and Arpeggios.
DEL SARTO, Casa Balladetta
Casa Del Sarto is described on the cover of Balladetta as a 'musician in great demand by publishers' but no information about his life has been found. Other compositions listed on Amazon include: Airy Fairy, Frivolite, An Idyll, Soiree Dansante, Lullaby to a Closing Day, Passion Flower (Op 32), Masquerade (Op 88); and the songs I Heard (1912 - words by W B Baldry), the Tambourine (1915 - words by Mackay) When I Recall (1911 - words by W B Baldry).
DEVAUX, Jules Cathedral Chimes (from Dream Pictures)
Jules Devaux - pseudonym of d'Auvergne Henry Barnard (1867-1929) (qv)
DOUSTE, Jean Amour Tendre
One of many pseudonyms used by Charles Arthur Rawlings (c1856-1919) (qv)
DU TERRAIL, Leon Aubade
Another pseudonym used by Charles Arthur Rawlings (c1856-1919) (qv). Other compositions under this name include: Valse Poetique, L'Amour Endormi, Valse Mystique, Dainty (Valse), Italian Guards March - all published by Paxton.
EARL, Mary Beautiful Ohio
Pseudonym of Robert Keiser (1862-1932) (qv)
EDWARDS, Arthur J Clarendon
No information found
ELLIOTT, Percy A Toi
Percy Elliott (1870-1932) was a violinist, composer and conductor, born in Dunstable. As well as piano pieces, his songs included A Sprig of White Heather, My Dainty Cigarette, Sleep and Forget, Sweetest and Dearest.
EVERETT, Luke Cavendish Boston Two-Step
Luke Cavendish Everett. Rainer Lotz (1977) identifies him as the pianist on a piano roll of The Prehistoric Cakewalk and Two-Step (Phonola 9202) made in Leipzig in 1913, and suggests that he was the pianist (identified as 'Everett') in the band led by the Liverpool-born black bandleader, Gordon Strettons, which toured Europe in 1920; he adds that Everett is believed to be African-American. Other works listed on Amazon & eBay include: Inspiration (Veleta Valse, 1904); The White City Waltz (1907 - steps also by T Walton); The Golden West (Intermezzo, 1914); Springtime of Life (valse, 1913); Dawn of Day (valse, 1915); Esperano (barn dance, n.d., steps by T Almond). Others include: Carmencita (waltz, c1907); The Sefton (1909).
FARJEON, Harry At Parting
Harry Farjeon (1878-1948) was born in New York to a British father and an American mother. The family moved to England a few months after his birth and he grew up in Hampstead, where he spent most of his life. He was one of an artistic family which included his sister, Eleanor (novelist & poet, 1881-1965) and his brothers Joseph Jefferson (novelist, 1883-1955) and Herbert (writer of theatrical revues, 1887-1945). He studied at the Royal Academy, where he later taught for 47 years, becoming their youngest ever professor at the age of 25. He also taught at Blackheath Conservatoire. He wrote mostly for the piano, but also composed songs, sonatas, concertos and a mass; and he wrote about music for newspapers and journals.
FARNELL, Geo H Abyssinian Expedition (arranger)
No information found
FLETCHER, Percy E Bal Masque
Percy E Fletcher (1879-1932) was born in Derby and after learning violin, piano & organ, made his living as a Musical Director in London Theatres. He directed the long running musical Chu Chin Chow, and composed its successor, Cairo. As well as theatre shows, he composed a wide range of music, including ballads, choral and orchestral pieces and music for brass band. He completed the orchestration of Coleridge-Taylor's unfinished works when their composer died in 1912. Most of his piano music was arranged from orchestral scores.
FLOTOW, Friedrich von M'Appari [listed as Da Quel Di]
Friedrich von Flotow (1812-1883) was a German composer whose opera Martha was highly popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
FORSYTH, Gilbert At Bideford Fair (poet)
Poet whose lines were the stimulus for At Bideford Fair. No other information found.
GASTELLE, Emile Couleur de Rose
pseudonym of J Warwick Moore (qv)
GLOVER, Charles William Continental Songs (arranger)
Charles William Glover (1806-1863) was an English violinist and composer, who is said to have written the music for The Rose of Tralee. He was musical director at the Queen's Theatre from 1832.
GODFREY, Charles [II] Coster Songs (arranger)
Charles (II) Godfrey (1839-1919) studied at the RAM and went on to be Bandmaster of the Royal Scots Guards (1868-1904) and a a Professor of Military Music at the RCM and Guildhall School. He work includes many arrangements and some original compositions. Dan (II) Godfrey (below) was his nephew.
GODFREY, Dan The Cingalee
Daniel Eyers ('Dan') (II) Godfrey (1868-1939), 'Musical Director to the Corporation of Bournemouth', was a British bandmaster, conductor and arranger. His father and grandfather had been military bandmasters and his uncle was Charles (II) Godfrey (above). He founded the Bournemouth Municipal Orchestra in 1893, remaining its principal conductor for 41 years. He was knighted in 1922 'for valuable services to British music'.
GODFREY, Percy Coronation Prize-March
Percy Godfrey (1859-1945) was Master of Music at the King's School, Canterbury for some 30 years. His prize-winning march was played at the coronation of Edward VII in 1902 and sales of sheet music raised £866 which was donated to the King Edward VII Hospital Fund. He composed other music but none of it seems to have been published.
GOW, Nathaniel Caller Herrin'
Nathaniel Gow (1766-1831), son of the legendary violinist Niel Gow (1727-1807), was a violinist, cellist and bandleader who composed around 200 tunes. He set up a music publishing business in Edinburgh and published a number of significant collections of Scottish music.
GRILLIERS, W Bobbing Around
No information found. Items arranged or composed by him listed on Amazon include: Il Trovatore Quadrille (on Verdi's opera); Pop Goes the Weasel, with instructions for dancing; My Mary Ann Polka (arr for pianoforte); 100 Melodies of All Nations (easily arranged for pianoforte); Josephine Schottische (pf); Imperial Mazurka, Op 3 (pf); Hood de dooden do Polka, on favourite airs sung by Christy's Minstrels; The Gortlitza (pf); Fairy of the Valley Valse (adapted from the ballad by J A Hardwick: Who would not be a Fairy); The Corsair Galop.
HAMPDEN, Ida Baden-Powell Schottische
Beatrice Ida Hampden (1867-1912) was a pianist and violinist, daughter of Renn Hampden and Ida Cumberland, of Bath. She married the pianist Ezra Read (1860-1922) (qv) whom she met in Bristol, and together they took a course in harmony and musical composition which led to them both becoming composers. Her first piece, a barn dance called Stolen Moments, was published in 1888. She and her husband travelled widely together as performers - he on organ and she on piano. She contracted a disease which left her paralysed and died in Derby aged 45. Other compositions include: The Battle of Flowers (1905), Japanese Polka (1896), Little Trumpeters (piano duet, 1905), Beautiful Bells, Beauty and the Beast (Waltz), Bluebells (very easy waltz), Aladdin, or The Wonderful Lamp.
HELLER, Maxime Il Bacio (arranger)
Pseudonym of Charles Arthur Rawlings (c1856-1919) (qv)
HIGGS, H M Desert Song (arranger)
Henry Marcellus Higgs (1855-1929) was a musician, organist, arranger. His father, Marcellus Higgs (1827-1888) was a successful organist and choral conductor, his uncle James Higgs (1829-1902) was professor of organ and harmony at the RAM.
Henry's birth is recorded at St George, Hanover Square on Jun 25, 1855; he was baptised at St John the Evangelist, Smith Sq, on Sep 3. In 1871, the family was living at Bessborough Street: Marcellus (42), Clara Eliza (44) and children Henry Marcellus (16) and Clara (14) and Elizabeth Tomlin (78) m-in-law, and a servant. He married Emmeline Agnes Meates at Holy Trinity, Vauxhall Bridge Road, in 1879 and in 1881 they were living at 4 Magdala Villas, Twickenham. They have a daughter, Irene (1) and a servant. He is listed as a musician and professor. In 1891, they are at 2 Chepstow Place, Queen's Street, Twickenham, with Irene (11), William (9), Sidney (7), Ethel (6), Ernest (4) and Margaret (2) and 2 servants. In 1901, they live at 'Lyndhurst', Egmont Road, Sutton, with all the children except Ernest. He became chief musical editor for Metzler & Co, and then for Chappell & Co. He composed pieces for organ and small orchestra.
1911 census: Silchester, Mulgrave Road, Sutton, Surrey - Henry Marcellus Higgs (55), professor of music, his wife Emmeline Agnes (58) and children Irene (30), Ethel (26) and Margaret (22)
ISAACS, Edward Balladetta (editor)
Edward Isaacs (1881-1953) was a student at the Manchester College of Music from 1894 to 1903 after which he continued his studies in Germany and Austria, making his Berlin debut in 1904. He was blinded in an accident in 1924 but still continued his career as a pianist, teacher, lecturer and broadcaster.
KEISER, Robert Beautiful Ohio (Mary Earl)
Robert Keiser (1862-1932) (also known as Robert A 'Bobo' King) an American Tin Pan Alley composer. His most famous songs are Beautiful Ohio (1918) and Dreamy Alabama (1919). He wrote songs under his own name as well as various pseudonyms. Some of the other songs that are directly traceable to King are: Beautiful Hawaii, In Old Manila, Isle Of Paradise, Hawaiian Smiles, I Ain't Nobody's Darling, Why Did I Kiss That Girl, Just Like a Rainbow, Apple Blossoms, I Scream, You Scream, Ain't My Baby Grand and Moonlight on the Colorado. During the course of his career, he also composed various concert pieces including Gavottes; Polkas; Marches, and Waltzes.
KETELBY, Albert W Bells Across the Meadows
Albert William Ketelbey (1875-1959) was an English composer, conductor and pianist, best known for light orchestral pieces including: In a Monastery Garden (1915); In a Persian Market (1920); In a Chinese Temple Garden (1923). Born in Birmingham, he studied with some distinction at Trinity College of Music before working as a conductor and composer, mainly in the field of light music.
KIPLING, Rudyard The Absent-Minded Beggar (lyrics)
Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) - English poet, journalist, novelist, among the most popular of his time; writer of the novels The Jungle Book (1894) and Kim (1901), and the poems Mandalay (1890), Gunga Din (1890), The White Man's Burden (1899)and If (1910).
KJERULF, Halfdan Compositions (in archive under individual titles): Op 4 No 1, Salonstuck; No 2, Idylle; No 3, Wiegenlied Op 12 No 1, Humoreske; No 2, Menuet; No 3, Elegie; No 4 Caprice; No 5 Berceuse; No 6 Impromptu
Halfdan Kjerulf (1815-1868) was a Norwegian composer. As well as songs, and partsongs, he composed piano pieces which was admired by Grieg, whose Lyric Pieces were influenced by them.
KNAPTON, Philip Caller Herrin (Knapton)
Philip Knapton (1788-1833) was an organist and composer, based in York. He published A Collection of Tunes for Psalms and Hymns (1816) and arranged several fantasias on well-known airs. His arrangement of Caller Herrin' is said to have enjoyed considerable popularity. He also wrote music for the song: There be none of beauty's daughters.
KUSSNER, Albert At Parting (En Partant)
Albert Kussner (?1861-1930?) composed mainly piano pieces, most of which were published by what may have been a family firm of L C Kussner in Chicago (which also held the copyright for this piece). His compositions include: Moon Moths (Op 2, 1897) Love's Mystery (Op 10); On the Heather (Op 14); Woodland Flowers (Op 16); Hesitation (1901); Memories (1906); The Evening Hour (1918) and The Merry Canter: Polka Brillante.
LACK, Theodore Cabaletta
Theodore Lack (1846-1921) was a French pianist, teacher and composer. His works include: Tarentelle, Op. 20; Boléro, Op. 27; Études élégantes, Op. 30; Valse espagnole, Op. 40; Scènes enfantines, Op. 61; Études de Mlle. Didi, Op. 85; Souvenir d'Alsace, Op. 106; Polonaise de concert. He also published a Methode de Piano in 1909. A selection of his works is listed on the front cover of 'Cabaletta'.
LAMPE, J Bodewalt Chocolate Soldier (arranger)
Jens Bodewalt Lampe (1869-1929) was a Danish-American composer, arranger and bandleader best known for his ragtime arrangements and compositions, including Creole Belles (1900). He also used the pseudonym Ribe Danmark. There is a short biography of him at http://ragpiano.com/comps/jblampe.shtml
LANGDON, Chris The Dancing years (arranger)
No information found
LANGE, Gustav Blumenlied
Gustav Lange (1830-1889) was a German composer, born near Erfurt, Saxony. He composed over 500 piano pieces of which the most popular were Edelweiss (Op 31) and Blumenlied (Op 39), both published in 1867.
LE FEUVRE, Guy Arlette
Guy Le Feuvre (Guy Anstruther-Mainguy) (1883-1950) was a Canadian film actor, who was credited as a composer of the operetta Arlette, alongside Ivor Novello
LUIGINI, Alexandre Ballet Egyptien
Alexandre Luigini (1850-1906) was a French composer who was conductor of the Opera-Comique in Paris from 1897 until his death. He composed mainly light music for ballet and operas. Ballet Egyptien (1875) was his best known work.
MACFARREN, G A The Beating of My Own Heart
Sir George Alexander Macfarren (1813-1887) was an English composer and musicologist. His compositions include symphonies, operas and oratorios. He became a professor at the Royal Academy of Music in 1851, succeeding Sterndale Bennett as Principal in 1876.
MACKENZIE, A C Compositions (in archive under individual titles): Op 13 No 1, Impromptu; No 2, Gigue; No 3, Saga; No 4, La Coquette; No 5, Evening in the Fields; Op 15 No 1, Valse Serieuse; No 2, Nocturne; No 3, Ballade.
Alexander Campbell Mackenzie (1847-1935) was a Scottish composer, conductor and teacher, from a musical family. He composed orchestral and choral works, operas, chamber music and solo pieces and also published collections and arrangements of Scottish folk songs. He was principal of the Royal Academy of Music from 1888 until his retirement in 1924. He was knighted in 1895.
MANSFIELD, Orlando Alla Capriccio
Orlando Augustine Mansfield (1863-1936) was a pianist, organist, composer, author and teacher. He composed over 1000 pieces, including choral and instrumental works, mainly for piano and organ; and over 900 articles for a range of magazines and publications. He was born in Trowbridge, Wiltshire, the son of a Free Church minister, and named after Orlando Gibbons. He studied in England and Canada before working in Torquay as an organist and choirmaster. In 1886, he married Louise Christine Jutz, a Swiss pianist, violinist & singer with whom he performed two-piano recitals. From 1912-1923 he held teaching posts at colleges in USA, subsequently returning to England where he died in Cheltenham. A full biogaphy and list of compositions can be found at http://www.orlandomansfield.org.uk/index.html His son, Purcell J Mansfield (1889-1968), was also an organist & composer, working mainly in Glasgow.
McEVOY, A Thompson Caprice
No details of his life found. Other compositions listed for Arthur Thompason McEvoy include: Moscow (Grande Fantaisie Russe); Suivez-moi (Morceau de Salon); Toujours Pret (Marche Militaire); Bachannale.
MERCADANTE, Saverio Bella Adorata Incognita (from Il Giuramento)
Saverio Mercadante (1795-1870) was an Italian composer, mainly of operas. His innovations in dramatic structure and orchestration paved the way for Verdi. His most famous works were: Il Giuramento (1837); Elena da Feltre (1839); Orazi e Curiazi (1846). From 1840-1870 he was Director of the Naples Conservatory.
MILNER, Edward Le Calme et la Tempete
No information found
MONCKTON, Lionel The Cingalee
Lionel John Alexander Monckton (1861-1924) was an English composer of musical theatre songs and shows, responsible for some of the most popular songs of the Edwardian era. He began by contributing songs to musical comedies at the Gaiety Theatre and Daly's Theatre, later composing complete musicals huimself. Shows which he wrote or contributed to included: A Country Girl (1902); Our Miss Gibbs (1909); The Arcadians (1909); The Quaker Girl (1910). Many of his songs were vehicles for his wife, the actress Gertie Millar. After World War I the new, syncopated styles of popular music did not interest him and he retired from composing. Further information at:
MONTI, V Czardas
Vittorio Monti (1868-1922) was an italian composer, conductor, player of violin & mandolin. His most famour composition is Czardas / Csardas, composed c1904
MOORE, J Warwick Couler de Rose (Emile Gastelle)
Joseph Warwick Moore (1869-1931) Born in Worcester, by the age of 20 he had become 1st violinist at Drury Lane Theatre. After working as musical director of several theatres around the country, in 1899 he settled in Southampton, as Musical Director of the Grand Theatre, a post he held until his death. He composed incidental music for theatre and piano pieces, after c1911 often using the pseudonym Emile Gastelle. Further information at:
NAIRNE, Lady Caller Herrin'
Carolina Oliphant, Lady Nairne (1766-1845) wrote the words to many Scottish songs still well known today, including Caller Herrin' ; Charlie is my darling; Will ye no' come back again.
NEWTON, Ernest At Bideford Fair
Ernest Newton (d. 1929) was born in Llandudno and was a song composer, music editor and organist. Songs for which he wrote the tunes include: Ailsa Mine (1896),Nita Gitana, Going to Kildare, Love's Echo, Irish Slumber Song (1903).
NOVELLO, Ivor Arlette; The Dancing Years
Ivor Novello (David Ivor Davies) (1893-1951) was a Welsh composer and actor, born in Cardiff. His mother, Clara Novello Davies, was a singing teacher and choral conductor, later based in London. He had an early success with the song Keep the Home Fires Burning (Till the Boys Come Home), to words by the American Lena Guilbert-Ford. He composed a string of successful musicals, including Glamorous Night (1935); Careless Rapture (1937); The Dancing Years (1939); Perchance to Dream (1945), King's Rhapsody (1949). His songs include We'll Gather Lilacs; Rose of England; Someday My Heart Will Awake. The Ivor Novello Awards for songwriting were established in 1955 in his memory.
OFFENBACH, Jacques Danse des Apaches (composer of some of the original themes included)
Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880) was a French composer and impresario, famous for over 100 operettas, including Orphee aux Enfers (Orpheus in the Underworld, 1858) which includes the famous Can-Can, La Belle Helene (1864) and La Vie Parisienne (1866), as well as the unfinished opera, The Tales of Hoffman, which includes the famous Barcarolle.
PALMER, King Concerto (arranger)
Cedric King Palmer (1913-1999) was an English conductor, composer, arranger and teacher, also author of Teach Yourself Music (1944)
PEARSON, Louis Air de Ballet
Louis Pearson - no definite information found. A composer of this name of was trained at Durham Cathedral and took his Bachelor of Music degree at Durham in 1907-8. He was organist of Trinity Church South Shields, and his Toccata in C minor for organ was dedicated to the vicar of that church, Rev R E Holmes, MA Oxon.
POLDINI, Ed Dancing Elves
Ede Poldini (1869-1957) was a Hungarian composer, best known for his miniature piano pieces, one of which La Poupee Valsante, became famous when transcribed as a violin piece by Fritz Kreisler.
PREVOST, Toussaint Les Courriers (Theodore Ritter)
Toussaint Prevost (1840-1886) was a French pianist and composer, son of the composer Eugene Prevost. He studied under Berlioz and began his musical career as a baritone singer, but after studying with Liszt began an international career as a pianist under the name Theodore Ritter.
PRIDHAM, John The Abyssinian Experidtion
John Pridham (1818-1896) was a school teacher in Taunton and a prolific composer of piano music, much of which responded to topical events. Other compositions include The Battle March of Delhi (1857) and Yorkshire Bells (c1873).
RAWLINGS, Charles Arthur Amour Tendre (Jean Douste); Aubade (Leon du Terrail); Avril (Maurice Telma); Il Bacio (Maxime Heller, arranger); Come into the Garden, Maud (Theo Bonheur, arranger)
Charles Arthur Rawlings (c1856-1919). A composer who used many pseudonyms, including Jean Douste, Theo Bonheur, Faulkner Brandon, Gordon Temple, Maurice Telma, Paul Perrier, Emerson James, Auguste Cons, Dennis Duprez, Oscar Verne and Gilbert Loewe.
READ, Ezra Berlin Polka; The British Empire (fantasia, arranger)
Ezra Read (1862-1922) was an English composer and pianist, born in Willenhall. He married Beatrice Ida Hampden (1867-1912) (qv) and together they studied harmony and composition, reputedly composing some 4000 pieces under 120 pen names. His Easy Pianoforte Tutor (1897) sold thousands of copies worldwide. Successful compositions include Cinderella Waltz (1910); Mafeking, Kimberley and Ladysmith Marches; and descriptive fantasias including: The Christmas Ball (1909); Fire! Fire! (1915); The Victoria Cross (1899) and The War of Nations (1914) and several ragtime pieces.
REBER, Carl A Chorister's Life
Carl Reber was a composer of descriptive pieces, including the series of 12 'Life pictures'. Other compositions include: Remembrance, 'The Slave's Dream', 'Ellan Vannin', 'The Fire Brigade', 'The Emigrant Ship', 'Country Scenes', 'A Summer Song', 'An evening meditation' and 'Autumn Fancies'.
REINAGLE, A R Beatrice Polka
A R Reinagle. There were two composers by the name of Alexander Robert Reinagle, uncle and nephew. A R Reinagle the elder (1756-1809) was an English-born American composer, organist and theatre musician. The younger A R Reinagle (1799-1877) was born in Brighton, the son of his namesake's brother Joseph (1762-1826, also a composer) and lived most of his life in Kidlington, near Oxford. He is mainly remembered as a composer of hymn tunes. His wife, Caroline (nee Orger, 1817-1892) was also a composer and pianist.
REISSIGER, F A Danse des Elves
Friedrich August Reissiger (1809-1883) was a composer, organist, conductor and teacher from a musical family. Born in Saxony and trained in Berlin, he became conductor at the Kristiania Theatre in Oslo in 1840 and then moved to Halden in 1850, where he spent the rest of his life as a music director, organist and teacher. He composed many choral works, as well as some piano pieces.
RICHARDS, Brinley Chime Again, Beautiful Bells (arranger)
Henry Brinley Richards (1817-1885) was a Welsh composer, born in Carmarthen. His prizewinning arrangement of The Ash Grove at an 1834 Eisteddfod prompted the Duke of Newcastle to pay for his education at the Royal Academy of Music, after which he was briefly a pupil of Chopin in Paris. He composed a range of music, including arrangements of Welsh songs, but is now best remembered for 'God Bless the Prince of Wales', written in 1862 for the marriage of the future Edward VII to Princess Alexandra. He taught piano at the Academy, later becoming one of its directors.
RIMBAULT, E F Bella Adorata Incognita (piano arrangement); Caller Herrin' (piano arrangement)
Edward Francis Rimbault (1816-1876) was an English organist, musicologist, book collector and author, born in London to a French Huguenot family. He learnt music from his father, Samuel Wesley and William Crotch. He was a founder member of the Musical Antiquarian Society and the Percy Society. He edited many collections of music and wrote a number of books on aspects of music. Among his few compositions was a tune for Philip Doddridge's O Happy Day that Fixed my Choice, to which he added a refrain.
RITTER, Theodore Les Courriers
Pseudonym of Toussaint Prevost (qv)
ROMBERG, Sigmund Desert Song
Sigmund Romberg (1887-1951) was a Hungarian-born composer of operettas and musicals, including The Student Prince (1924), The Desert Song (1926) and The New Moon (1928). He also made new arrangements of Schubert's music for the Broadway production of Blossom Time (1921) (known in England as Lilac Time)
ROSSINI, Giaochino Di Piacer
Gioachino Antonio Rossini (1792-1868) - Italian composer famous for 39 operas, including La Scala di Seta (1812), Tancredi (1813), L'italiana in Algieri (1813), Il Barbiere di Siviglia (1816), La Cenerentola (1817), La Gazza Ladra (1817), Semiramide (1823), Guillaume Tell (1829).
RUBENS, Paul Betty (Valse); The Cingalee (additional numbers)
Paul Alfred Rubens (1875-1917) was a songwriter and librettist who wrote or contributed to some of the most popular musical comedies of the early 20th century, including Miss Hook of Holland; The Balkan Princess; The Sunshine Girl; The Girl from Utah; Tonight's the Night; The Happy Day. Throughout his life he suffered from tuberculosis, from which he died aged 41.
RUBINI, G Jervis Convolvulus Schottische
George Jervis Rubini - composer of dance music but little known about him. Other compositions: À la belle étoile; The Arctic Waltzes; Au printemps; Au revoir; Les Charmilles, Dans Venise; Ilma (op 5); Perles d'Orient, 2 Polkas; Rayons de soleil; Sorrente; Souvenir b'uin Bal; Tarantelle in G; Les Filles d'Albion (Valse)
RUMMEL, Joseph The Beating of my own heart [arranger]; Da Quel Di / M'Appari [arranger]
Joseph Rummel (1818-1880), a composer and pianist, member of a German family of musicians. After a spell as director of the court orchestra at Wiesbaden he moved to Paris before finally settling in London. He was one of the most prolific transcribers and arrangers of his day.
SCHUTT, Eduard A la Bien Aimee
Eduard Schutt (1856-1933) was a Russian composer, pianist and conductor. He was born in St Petersburg and graduated from the Conservatory there. He moved to Vienna in 1879 and after 1887 devoted himself to composition.
SCHYTTE, Ludvig Dancing Goblin
Ludvig Schytte (1848-1909) was a Danish composer, pianist and teacher. originally trained as a pharmacist, he went on to study music in Denmark and Germany, settling in Vienna for a long time and then Berlin.
STEFFAN, Ernest Betty (Valse)
Ernest (Ernst) Steffan (1896-1967) was an Austrian composer, librettist and musical director. After his collaboration with Rubens, he worked in Berlin, writing several shows before moving to London in 1933, where he lived until 1954 before returning to Berlin. As well as musical theatre pieces, he composed songs, piano pieces and film music.
STEVENSON, F Clouds
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STIEHL, Heinrich La Belle Siberienne
Heinrich Franz Daniel Stiehl (1829-1886) was a German composer, organist and conductor, born into a musical family in Lubeck. He studied at Leipzig Conservatory under Moscheles and was a professor at the St Petersburg Conservatory from 1862-1869, where he briefly taught Tchaikowsky. After spells in Belfast and Hastings, he settled in Reval as an organist and teacher. The list of his compositions extends to over 170 opus numbers, mainly for piano.
STRATTON, Wymark Danse Joyeuse
Wymark Stratton - the Birmingham Daily Post of Nov 7, 1895, reports on Mr H Wymark Stratton's forthcoming concert, on Tuesday evening, Nov 12 at the Masonic Hall, New Street, Birmingham. The programme included a Quintet for piano & strings by Hermann Goetz, and Beethoven's Septet for Strings and Wind, Op 20. Among the performers is Mr H W Stratton on bassoon and solo pianoforte Mr H Wymark Stratton.
An Impromptu Tarantelle by Harry Wymark Stratton was performed at the Proms in 1901 (twice, including on the last night) and 1903. A song The Leather Bottelle is listen on Amazon.
Mary Anne Stratton (nee Wymark) 1800-1873, married Stephen Stratton (b Bedford 1811) in 1836 and they had 5 children
1881 census: 262 Hagley Road, Edgbaston, King's Norton - Stephen S Stratton, organist, music composer & teacher of music and his wife Mary J Stratton, both b 1841, and children Harry (8), Clement (6), Frances (4), Stephen (2) and Arthur (1) and 2 servants.
1901 census: Stephen and Mary at 14 Harborne Road, Edgbaston, with children Harry W (28) teacher of music , Frances, Stephen, Arthur and Frederick & 2 servants.
Harry W Stratton married Florence L Gibbs at King's Norton in 1918.
The electoral register for 1921 places Florence Lucy and Harry Wymark Stratton at the Red Lion, High St, Wendover
STRAUS, Oscar The Chocolate Soldier
Oscar Straus (1870-1954) was a Viennese composer of operettas, songs, orchestral, choral and chamber works. He is best known for the operettas The Chocolate Soldier (Der tapfere Soldat, 1908) and A Waltz Dream (Ein Walzertraum, 1907) and the film score to La Ronde (1960)
SULLIVAN, Arthur The Absent-Minded Beggar
Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900) was a British composer most famous for his collaboration with W S Gilbert which resulted in a series of Gilbert & Sullivan operas in the years 1875-90, including The Gondoliers, The Mikado, The Pirates of Penzance and HMS Pinafore. Sullivan also composed orchestral and choral works, as well as hymns and songs - including Onward Christian Soldiers and The Lost Chord.
TCHAIKOVSKY, Pyotr Ilyich Concerto (original composer)
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) Russian composer of ballets (incl. Nutcracker, Swan Lake), symphonies, concertos
TENNYSON, Alfred, Lord Come into the Garden, Maud (original poem)
Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892) was one of the foremost British poets of the Victorian age, and was Poet Laureate from 1850-1892. His poems include Ulysses (1833), The Lady of Shalott (1832/42), Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal (1847), In Memoriam A H H (1849), Ring Out, Wild Bells (1850), The Charge of the Light Brigade (1854), Maud (1855/6).
THOME, Francis Coquetterie
Francis Thome (1850-1909) was a French pianist and composer of stage works, songs and salon pieces. Compositions include: Andante religioso; Simple Aveu; Legende; La Sirene.
TIPPER, W E Adeste Fideles (arranger)
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TOURS, Berthold Editor of albums of piano compositions by Halfdan Kjerulf and Alexander Mackenzie
Berthold Tours (1838-1897) was born in Rotterdam, the son of Barthelemy Tours (1797-1864), an organist and conductor. He first came to London in 1861 as a score-reader, later (1878) becoming chief editor for Novello & Co. He composed instrumental and choral works, and wrote The Violin, a popular tuition manual.
VAN DEN DYCK, G Carmen (transcriber)
G Van Den Dyck - no information found about his life, but he may be the Guillaume Van Den Dyck who appears as orchestrator of Friend o' Mine (Wilfrid Sanderson & Fred Weatherly), as composer of Valse Norvegienne (1912), and arranger of Parsifal and some popular songs. G Van Den Dyck also arranged Vol 9 of the People's Music Library: English, Scotch, Irish and Welsh Songs.
WADE, J F Adeste Fideles
John Francis Wade (1711-86) published Adeste Fideles in 1751 and is assumed to be its composer.
WALTON, Tom Boston Two-Step (dance inventor)
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WATSON, Michael Cynthia
William Michael Watson (1840-1889) was an English composer, born in Newcastle on Tyne. He trained initially as an artist before becoming a musician. He composed piano music and songs and established the West End School of Music in 1883. He is probably best remembered as the composer of the music for the songs Anchored and Thy Sentinel Am I.
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WEBB-JOHNSON, Cecil Babette
Dr Cecil Webb-Johnson (1879-1930) was a physician, writer and composer. Born into a medical family in Stoke-on-Trent, he trained medicine and after holding several positions in Britain, he served in various medical capacities in India during the First World War. He returned to England in 1919 and set up a private practice, specialising in the treatment of cardiac disease. He wrote several popular works on diet and obesity, including Diet for Women (1922), Diet for Men (1923), Why Be Fat? (1923). His other compositions include Waiting Arms (Waltz, 1920), Caroline of Carolina (Valse Song,1928) and Miss Copper-Nob (one-step or fox-trot, 1920). He died of cardiac failure, aged 51, in 1930.
WEST, Henry Le Carnival
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WHITE, Bert Canadian Capers (co-composer)
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WILLERBY, Chas Danse Debonnaire
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WIMPERIS, Arthur As You Were
Arthur Wimperis (1874-1953) was an illustrator, playwright, lyricist and screenwriter. He was librettist and lyricist for musical comedies, including The Arcadians (1909). His songs include Gilbert the Filbert and I'll Make a Man of You. From 1930 he wrote screenplays for a large number of British and US films, winning an Oscar for Mrs Miniver (1942).