James Thomson (23 November 1834 – 3 June 1882), who wrote under the pseudonym Bysshe Vanolis, was a Scottish Victorian era poet famous primarily for the long poem The City of Dreadful Night (1874), an expression of bleak pessimism in a dehumanized, uncaring urban environment. Thomson's pseudonym derives from the names of the poets Percy Bysshe Shelley and Novalis. He is often distinguished from the earlier Scottish poet James Thomson by the letters B.V. after his name.
Thomson's poems rarely appear in modern anthologies, although the autobiographical "Insomnia" and "Mater Tenebrarum" are well-regarded and contain some striking passages. He admired and translated the works of the pessimistic Italian poet Giacomo Leopardi (1798–1837), but his pessimism is considered to have been stronger than that of Leopardi. He is regarded as one of the bleakest Victorian poets.
Birth and Death Data: Born 1834 (Port Glasgow), Died 1882 (London)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1910 - 1929
Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist, author
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||B-11301||10-in.||11/23/1911||A song of thanksgiving||Frederick J. Wheeler||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-23793||10-in.||3/30/1920||A song of thanksgiving||John McCormack||Tenor vocal solo, with piano and orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-25918||10-in.||12/21/1921||Give a man a horse he can ride||Royal Dadmun||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-27583||10-in.||3/1/1923||A song of thanksgiving||Orville Harrold||Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-38999||10-in.||7/21/1927||Give a man a horse he can ride||Robert P. Shepard||Male vocal solo, with piano||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-Test-643||10-in.||5/22/1929||Give a man a horse he can ride||Geoffrey O'Hara||Male vocal solo, with piano||lyricist|
|Brunswick||11998-12000||10-in.||11/28/1923||Give a man a horse he can ride||John Barclay||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Brunswick||12214-12217||10-in.||1/3/1924||Give a man a horse he can ride||John Barclay||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Edison||496||Not documented||approximately Dec. 1910||Song of thanksgiving||Violet Oppenshaw||Contralto vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Edison||7518||10-in.||9/9/1920||Give a man a horse he can ride||Arthur Middleton||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Edison||8217||10-in.||9/14/1921||A song of thanksgiving||Anna Case||Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Thomson, James," accessed October 19, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101913.
Thomson, James. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 19, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101913.
"Thomson, James." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 19 October 2021.
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