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John Henry Newman

John Henry Newman (21 February 1801 – 11 August 1890) was an English theologian and poet, first an Anglican priest and later a Catholic priest and cardinal, who was an important and controversial figure in the religious history of England in the 19th century. He was known nationally by the mid-1830s, and was canonised as a saint in the Catholic Church in 2019.

Originally an evangelical Oxford University academic and priest in the Church of England, Newman became drawn to the high-church tradition of Anglicanism. He became known as a leader of, and an able polemicist for the Oxford Movement, an influential and controversial grouping of Anglicans who wished to return to the Church of England many Catholic beliefs and liturgical rituals from before the English Reformation. In this, the movement had some success. After publishing his controversial Tract 90 in 1841, Newman later wrote, "I was on my death-bed, as regards my membership with the Anglican Church". In 1845 Newman, joined by some but not all of his followers, officially left the Church of England and his teaching post at Oxford University and was received into the Catholic Church. He was quickly ordained as a priest and continued as an influential religious leader, based in Birmingham. In 1879, he was created a cardinal by Pope Leo XIII in recognition of his services to the cause of the Catholic Church in England. He was instrumental in the founding of the Catholic University of Ireland in 1854, although he had left Dublin by 1859. CUI in time evolved into University College Dublin.

Newman was also a literary figure: his major writings include the Tracts for the Times (1833–1841), his autobiography Apologia Pro Vita Sua (1865–1866), the Grammar of Assent (1870), and the poem "The Dream of Gerontius" (1865), which was set to music in 1900 by Edward Elgar. He wrote the popular hymns "Lead, Kindly Light", "Firmly I believe, and truly" (taken from Gerontius), and "Praise to the Holiest in the Height" (taken from Gerontius).

Newman's beatification was officially proclaimed by Pope Benedict XVI on 19 September 2010 during his visit to the United Kingdom. His canonisation was officially approved by Pope Francis on 12 February 2019, and took place on 13 October 2019.

He is the fifth saint of the City of London, behind Thomas Becket (born in Cheapside), Thomas More (born on Milk Street), Edmund Campion (son of a London book seller) and Polydore Plasden (of Fleet Street).

Birth and Death Data: Born February 21st, 1801 (London), Died August 11th, 1890 (Edgbaston)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1898 - 1940

Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 45 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Berliner 4265 7-in. June 1897-Oct. 1898 Lead kindly light Haydn Quartet Male vocal quartet lyricist  
Berliner 0574 7-in. Mar. 1900-Apr. 1900 Lead, kindly light Haydn Quartet Male vocal quartet lyricist  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]97 7-in. 1900-1902 Lead, kindly light Haydn Quartet Male vocal quartet, with piano lyricist  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]97 10-in. 1900-1902 Lead, kindly light Haydn Quartet Male vocal quartet, with piano lyricist  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]3185 10-in. 3/6/1901 Lead, kindly light Haydn Quartet Male vocal quartet lyricist  
Victor A-504 7-in. 10/7/1903 Lead, kindly light Haydn Quartet Male vocal quartet lyricist  
Victor B-504 10-in. 10/7/1903 Lead, kindly light Haydn Quartet Male vocal quartet lyricist  
Victor E-504 8-in. 5/7/1906 Lead, kindly light Haydn Quartet Male vocal quartet lyricist  
Victor C-603 12-in. 10/27/1903 Lead, kindly light Haydn Quartet Male vocal quartet lyricist  
Victor B-3358 10-in. 5/2/1906 Lead, kindly light Trinity Choir Mixed vocal quartet, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-6314 10-in. 7/22/1908 Lead, kindly light Evan Williams Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-12842 10-in. 1/24/1913 Lead, kindly light Alma Gluck Soprano vocal solo lyricist  
Victor B-16482 10-in. 9/14/1915 Lead, kindly light Imperial Quartet Male vocal quartet, unaccompanied lyricist  
Victor B-17729 10-in. 5/23/1916 Lead, kindly light Geraldine Farrar Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-20787 10-in. 10/17/1917 Led milda ljus Grace Eklund Carlson ; Florence Eklund Reims Female vocal duet, with organ lyricist  
Victor B-22401 10-in. 10/31/1918 Lead, kindly light Orpheus Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-24497 10-in. 9/27/1920 Lead, kindly light Ernestine Schumann-Heink Contralto vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor BVE-28468 10-in. 12/22/1925 Lead, kindly light Amelita Galli-Curci Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor BVE-35894 10-in. 10/4/1926 Lead, kindly light Reinald Werrenrath Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor BVE-39540 10-in. 7/22/1927 Lead, kindly light Julia Arthur Recitation, with pipe organ lyricist  
Victor BVE-40742 10-in. 11/28/1927 Lead, kindly light Loveless Twins Quartet Mixed vocal quartet, unaccompanied lyricist  
Victor BS-046706 10-in. 1/24/1940 Lead, kindly light Emile Coté ; Victor Chapel Choir Mixed vocal chorus, with organ lyricist  
Columbia 396 7-in. ca. 1901-Sept. 1902 Lead, kindly light Artists vary Male vocal solo, with organ lyricist  
Columbia 396 10-in. ca. 1901 Lead, kindly light Artists vary Male vocal solo, with organ lyricist  
Columbia 446 7-in. ca. 1901 Lead, kindly light Artists vary Male vocal solo, with chimes and organ lyricist  
(Results 1-25 of 45 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Newman, John Henry," accessed July 26, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102261.

Newman, John Henry. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 26, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102261.

"Newman, John Henry." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 26 July 2021.

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