James Thomson

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

Recordings

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  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Thomson, James," accessed September 19, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101913.

Thomson, James. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 19, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101913.

"Thomson, James." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 19 September 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101913

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