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Robert Burns

Robert Burns (25 January 1759 – 21 July 1796), also known familiarly as Rabbie Burns, the National Bard, Bard of Ayrshire and the Ploughman Poet and various other names and epithets, was a Scottish poet and lyricist. He is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland and is celebrated worldwide. He is the best known of the poets who have written in the Scots language, although much of his writing is in English and a light Scots dialect, accessible to an audience beyond Scotland. He also wrote in standard English, and in these writings his political or civil commentary is often at its bluntest.

He is regarded as a pioneer of the Romantic movement, and after his death he became a great source of inspiration to the founders of both liberalism and socialism, and a cultural icon in Scotland and among the Scottish diaspora around the world. Celebration of his life and work became almost a national charismatic cult during the 19th and 20th centuries, and his influence has long been strong on Scottish literature. In 2009 he was chosen as the greatest Scot by the Scottish public in a vote run by Scottish television channel STV.

As well as making original compositions, Burns also collected folk songs from across Scotland, often revising or adapting them. His poem (and song) "Auld Lang Syne" is often sung at Hogmanay (the last day of the year), and "Scots Wha Hae" served for a long time as an unofficial national anthem of the country. Other poems and songs of Burns that remain well known across the world today include "A Red, Red Rose", "A Man's a Man for A' That", "To a Louse", "To a Mouse", "The Battle of Sherramuir", "Tam o' Shanter" and "Ae Fond Kiss".

Birth and Death Data: Born January 25th, 1759 (Alloway), Died Dumfries

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1897 - 1938

Roles Represented in DAHR: author, composer

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 102 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Berliner 899 7-in. Oct. 1897 Auld lang syne Diamond Four Male vocal quartet author  
Berliner 1774 7-in. Before Sept. 1897 Auld lang syne J. W. Myers Male vocal solo author  
Berliner 0115 7-in. 3/25/1899 Auld lang syne Haydn Quartet Male vocal quartet author  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]132 7-in. 7/13/1900 Auld lang syne William Tuson Clarinet solo author  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]692 7-in. 2/20/1901 Auld lang syne J. W. Myers Male vocal solo, with piano author  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]692 10-in. 2/20/1901 Auld lang syne J. W. Myers Male vocal solo, with piano author  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]1488 7-in. 7/19/1902 John Anderson, my jo Kilties' Band of Canada Band author  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]1488 10-in. 7/19/1902 John Anderson, my Joe Kilties' Band of Canada Band author  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]3125 10-in. 2/20/1901 Auld lang syne J. W. Myers Male vocal solo, with piano author  
Victor [Pre-matrix C-]31060 12-in. 1901-1902 John Anderson, my jo Kilties' Band of Canada Band author  
Victor C-272 [Old series] 12-in. 2/9/1903 or 5/26/1903 John Anderson, my jo Kilties' Band of Canada Band author  
Victor B-2346 10-in. 2/27/1905 Auld lang syne Frank C. Stanley Male vocal solo, with orchestra author  
Victor B-2460 10-in. 4/7/1905 Bonnie Doon Henry Burr Male vocal solo, with orchestra author  
Victor B-2794 10-in. 10/10/1905 John Anderson, my jo Orthian Ladies' Trio Female vocal trio author  
Victor B-2894 10-in. 11/17/1905 John Anderson, my jo Henry Burr Male vocal solo, with orchestra author  
Victor B-2895 10-in. 11/17/1905 Scots, wha' hae wi' Wallace bled Henry Burr Male vocal solo, with orchestra author  
Victor C-2897 12-in. 11/21/1905 Melodies of Robert Burns Arthur Pryor's Band Band author  
Victor B-6612 10-in. 11/20/1908 Auld lang syne Evan Williams Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra author  
Victor B-6613 10-in. 11/20/1908 Loch Lomond Evan Williams Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra author  
Victor B-6688 10-in. 12/29/1908 Auld lang syne Westminter Chimes [i.e., Chris Chapman] Chimes author  
Victor C-6707 12-in. 1/6/1909 Ye banks and braes o' bonnie Doon Nellie Melba Soprano vocal solo, with piano author  
Victor B-8031 10-in. 6/7/1909 Flow gently, sweet Afton Herbert Witherspoon Bass vocal solo, with orchestra author  
Victor B-8265 10-in. 9/30/1909 Ye banks and braes o' bonnie Doon Geraldine Farrar Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra author  
Victor B-8382 10-in. 11/17/1909 Highland Mary Frederick Gunster Male vocal solo, with orchestra author  
Victor B-10034 10-in. 3/8/1911 A red, red rose John Barnes Wells Male vocal solo, with orchestra author  
(Results 1-25 of 102 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Burns, Robert," accessed October 28, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102250.

Burns, Robert. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 28, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102250.

"Burns, Robert." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 28 October 2020.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102250

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