Robert Browning (7 May 1812 – 12 December 1889) was an English poet and playwright whose dramatic monologues put him high among the Victorian poets. He was noted for irony, characterization, dark humour, social commentary, historical settings and challenging vocabulary and syntax.
His early long poems Pauline (1833) and Paracelsus (1835) were acclaimed, but his reputation dwindled for a time – his 1840 poem Sordello was seen as wilfully obscure – and took over a decade to recover, by which time he had moved from Shelleyan forms to a more personal style. In 1846 he married fellow poet Elizabeth Barrett and moved to Italy. By her death in 1861 he had published the collection Men and Women (1855). His Dramatis Personae (1864) and book-length epic poem The Ring and the Book (1868–1869) made him a leading poet. By his death in 1889 he was seen as a sage and philosopher-poet who had fed into Victorian social and political discourse. Societies for studying his work survived in Britain and the US into the 20th century.
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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 September 21, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102334.
Browning, Robert. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 21, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102334.
"Browning, Robert." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 21 September 2023.
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