Robert Browning (7 May 1812 – 12 December 1889) was an English poet and playwright whose mastery of the dramatic monologue made him one of the foremost Victorian poets. His poems are known for their irony, characterization, dark humour, social commentary, historical settings, and challenging vocabulary and syntax.
Browning's early career began promisingly, but collapsed. The long poems Pauline and Paracelsus received some acclaim, but in 1840 the difficult Sordello, which was seen as wilfully obscure, brought his poetry into disrepute. His reputation took more than a decade to recover, during which time he moved away from the Shelleyan forms of his early period and developed a more personal style.
In 1846, Browning married the older poet Elizabeth Barrett, and went to live in Italy. By the time of her death in 1861, he had published the crucial collection Men and Women. The collection Dramatis Personae and the book-length epic poem The Ring and the Book followed, and made him a leading British poet. He continued to write prolifically, but his reputation today rests largely on the poetry he wrote in this middle period.
When Browning died in 1889, he was regarded as a sage and philosopher-poet who through his writing had made contributions to Victorian social and political discourse. Unusually for a poet, societies for the study of his work were founded while he was still alive. Such Browning Societies remained common in Britain and the United States until the early 20th century.
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Birth and Death Data: Born May 7, 1812 (London), Died December 12, 1889 (Venice)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1905 - 1946
Roles Represented in DAHR: author
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|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||C-2314||12-in.||2/20/1905||L'Incrédule||Emma Eames||Soprano vocal solo, with piano||author|
|Victor||B-5018||10-in.||1/14/1908||How much I love you||Johanna Gadski||Soprano vocal solo, with piano||author|
|Victor||C-6203||12-in.||5/18/1908||Spring||Emma Eames||Soprano vocal solo, with piano||author|
|Victor||B-10139||10-in.||3/31/1911||King Charles||Reinald Werrenrath||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||author|
|Victor||B-10511||10-in.||6/7/1911||Ah, love, but a day||Evan Williams||Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra||author|
|Victor||B-10519||10-in.||6/8/1911||Memory||Evan Williams||Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra||author|
|Victor||B-11009||10-in.||9/26/1911||Crossing the bar||Charles D. Von Neumayer||Recitation||author|
|Victor||B-11010||10-in.||9/26/1911||Incident at the French camp||Charles D. Von Neumayer||Recitation||author|
|Victor||B-13027||10-in.||3/28/1913||Pippa passes||Georgene Faulkner||Recitation||author|
|Victor||C-14467||12-in.||2/17/1914||Home thoughts from abroad||Cora Mel Patten||Recitation||author|
|Victor||B-15821||10-in.||3/22/1915||The leaves and the wind||Elisabeth Böhm van Endert||Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra||author|
|Victor||B-31988||10-in.||2/23/1925||Ah, love, but a day!||Maria Jeritza||Soprano vocal solo, with piano||author|
|Victor||BVE-49116||10-in.||11/15/1928||The year's at the spring [from Pippa passes]||Sally Hamlin||Recitation, with recordings||author|
|Victor||[Trial 1916-07-15-01]||Not documented||7/15/1916||Silent as night [Still wie die Nacht]||Susanna Dercum||Female vocal solo, with piano||author|
|Victor||[Trial 1917-03-19-03]||Not documented||3/19/1917||Ah, love, but a day!||Mrs. Frederick Gunther||Female vocal solo, with piano||author|
|Victor||[Trial 1926-12-31-01]||10-in.||12/31/1926||The state of mind||Edith Sampson Craig||Recitation, unaccompanied||author|
|Columbia||39438||10-in.||6/6/1914||Ah! Love, but a day||Belle Bryant||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||author|
|Columbia||30485||12-in.||4/29/1910||Ah love but a day||Lillian Nordica||Soprano vocal solo||author|
|Columbia||30496||12-in.||5/12/1910||The year's at the spring||Lillian Nordica||Soprano vocal solo||author|
|Columbia||37337||12-in.||approximately 1915||May morning||Corinne Rider-Kelsey||Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra||author|
|Columbia||48925||12-in.||9/20/1916||The year's at the spring||Maggie Teyte||Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra||author|
|Edison||3619||10-in.||3/2/1915||Ah! Love but a day||Margarete Matzenauer||Contralto vocal solo, with orchestra||author|
|Decca||L 4118||3/12/1946||The Pied Piper of Hamelin: Part 1||Ingrid Bergman||author|
|Decca||L 4119||3/12/1946||The Pied Piper of Hamelin: Part 2||Ingrid Bergman||author|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Browning, Robert," accessed June 9, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102334.
Browning, Robert. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 9, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102334.
"Browning, Robert." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 9 June 2023.
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LCNAR: Browning, Robert, 1812-1889 - http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n79043688
Wikidata: Robert Browning - http://www.wikidata.org/entity/Q233265
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