Marian Anderson

Marian Anderson (February 27, 1897 – April 8, 1993) was an American contralto. She performed a wide range of music, from opera to spirituals. Anderson performed with renowned orchestras in major concert and recital venues throughout the United States and Europe between 1925 and 1965.

Anderson was an important figure in the struggle for African-American artists to overcome racial prejudice in the United States during the mid-twentieth century. In 1939, during the era of racial segregation, the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) refused to allow Anderson to sing to an integrated audience in Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. The incident placed Anderson in the spotlight of the international community on a level unusual for a classical musician. With the aid of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and her husband, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Anderson performed a critically acclaimed open-air concert on Easter Sunday, April 9, 1939, on the Lincoln Memorial steps in the capital. The event was featured in a documentary film. She sang before an integrated crowd of more than 75,000 people and a radio audience in the millions.

On January 7, 1955, Anderson became the first African-American singer to perform at the Metropolitan Opera. In addition, she worked as a delegate to the United Nations Human Rights Committee and as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United States Department of State, giving concerts all over the world. She participated in the civil rights movement in the 1960s, singing at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963. The recipient of numerous awards and honors, Anderson was awarded the first Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1963, the Congressional Gold Medal in 1977, the Kennedy Center Honors in 1978, the National Medal of Arts in 1986, and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1991.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1902 (Philadelphia), Died April 8, 1993 (Portland)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1923 - 1950

Roles Represented in DAHR: contralto

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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 44 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-29072 10-in. 12/10/1923 Deep river Marian Anderson Contralto vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, contralto  
Victor B-29073 10-in. 12/10/1923 My way's cloudy Marian Anderson Contralto vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, contralto  
Victor B-29689 10-in. 3/24/1924 My Lord, what a mornin' Marian Anderson Contralto vocal solo, with piano vocalist, contralto  
Victor B-29690 10-in. 3/24/1924 Heav'n, heav'n Marian Anderson Contralto vocal solo, with piano vocalist, contralto  
Victor B-29691 10-in. 3/24/1924 Go down Moses (Let my people go) Marian Anderson Contralto vocal solo, with piano vocalist, contralto  
Victor B-29895 10-in. 4/18/1924 Heav'n, Heav'n Marian Anderson Contralto vocal solo, with harp and orchestra vocalist, contralto  
Victor B-29896 10-in. 4/18/1924 Go down Moses Marian Anderson Contralto vocal solo, with harp and orchestra vocalist, contralto  
Victor B-31346 10-in. 11/21/1924 Nobody knows de trouble I've seen Marian Anderson Contralto vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, contralto  
Victor B-31347 10-in. 11/21/1924 My Lord, what a mornin' Marian Anderson Contralto vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, contralto  
Victor CS-98636 12-in. 1/14/1936 City called Heaven Marian Anderson ; Kosti Vehanen Contralto vocal solo, with piano vocalist, contralto  
Victor CS-98637 12-in. 1/14/1936 Lord, I can't stay away Marian Anderson ; Kosti Vehanen Contralto vocal solo, with piano vocalist, contralto  
Victor CS-98638 12-in. 1/14/1936 Ave Maria Marian Anderson ; Kosti Vehanen Contralto vocal solo, with piano vocalist, contralto  
Victor CS-98639 12-in. 1/14/1936 Aufenthalt (My abode) Marian Anderson ; Kosti Vehanen Contralto vocal solo, with piano vocalist, contralto  
Victor BS-99537 10-in. 2/4/1936 Go down Moses (Let my people go) Marian Anderson ; Kosti Vehanen Contralto vocal solo, with piano vocalist, contralto  
Victor BS-99538 10-in. 2/4/1936 My soul's been anchored in the Lord Marian Anderson ; Kosti Vehanen Contralto vocal solo, with piano vocalist, contralto  
Victor BS-99539 10-in. 2/5/1936 Saf, saf, susa Marian Anderson ; Kosti Vehanen Contralto vocal solo, with piano vocalist, contralto  
Victor BS-99540 10-in. 2/4/1936 Flickam kom ifran sin alsklings mote Marian Anderson ; Kosti Vehanen Contralto vocal solo, with piano vocalist, contralto  
Victor CS-023462 12-in. 6/1/1938 Crucifixion Marian Anderson Contralto vocal solo, with piano vocalist, contralto  
Victor CS-023463 12-in. 6/1/1938 Oh rock me, Julie Marian Anderson Contralto vocal solo, with piano vocalist, contralto  
Victor CS-023464 12-in. 6/1/1938 Fruhlingstraum Marian Anderson Contralto vocal solo, with piano vocalist, contralto  
Victor CS-023465 12-in. 6/1/1938 Der Doppelganger Marian Anderson Contralto vocal solo, with piano vocalist, contralto  
Victor CS-030914 12-in. 1/8/1939 Alto rhapsody, part 1 Marian Anderson ; Eugene Ormandy ; Philadelphia Orchestra Contralto vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, contralto  
Victor CS-030915 12-in. 1/8/1939 Alto rhapsody, part 2 Marian Anderson ; Eugene Ormandy ; Philadelphia Orchestra Contralto vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, contralto  
Victor BS-030916 10-in. 1/8/1939 Alto rhapsody, part 3 Marian Anderson ; Eugene Ormandy ; Philadelphia Orchestra ; University of Pennsylvania Glee Club Contralto vocal solo, with male vocal chorus and orchestra vocalist, contralto  
Victor BS-030917 10-in. 1/8/1939 Alto rhapsody, part 4 Marian Anderson Contralto vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, contralto  
(Results 1-25 of 44 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Anderson, Marian," accessed February 24, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101956.

Anderson, Marian. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 24, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101956.

"Anderson, Marian." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 24 February 2024.

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