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Thomas Moore

Thomas Moore (28 May 1779 – 25 February 1852) was an Irish poet, singer, songwriter, and entertainer, now best remembered for the lyrics of "The Minstrel Boy" and "The Last Rose of Summer". As Lord Byron's named literary executor, along with John Murray, Moore was responsible for burning Lord Byron's memoirs after his death. In his lifetime he was often referred to as Anacreon Moore.

From a relatively early age, Moore showed an interest in music and other performing arts. He sometimes appeared in musical plays with his friends, such as The Poor Soldier by John O'Keeffe (music by William Shield), and at one point had ambitions to become an actor. Moore attended several Dublin schools including Samuel Whyte's English Grammar School in Grafton Street where he learned the English accent with which he spoke for the rest of his life. In 1795 he graduated from Trinity College, which had recently allowed entry to Catholic students, in an effort to fulfill his mother's dream of his becoming a lawyer. Moore was initially a good student, but he later put less effort into his studies. His time at Trinity came amidst the ongoing turmoil following the French Revolution, and a number of his fellow students such as Robert Emmet were supporters of the United Irishmen movement, although Moore himself never was a member. This movement sought support from the French government to launch a revolution in Ireland. In 1798 a rebellion broke out followed by a French invasion, neither of which succeeded.

Besides Emmet, another formative influence was Edward Hudson, also a fellow student at Trinity College, who played a crucial role in introducing Moore to Edward Bunting's A General Collection of the Ancient Irish Music (1797), later one of the main sources of his own collection of Irish Melodies.

Birth and Death Data: Born May 28th, 1779 (Dublin), Died February 25th, 1852 (Sloperton Cottage)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1897 - 1949

Roles Represented in DAHR: author, composer, lyricist

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 254 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Berliner 1645 7-in. Nov. 1897 The harp that once thro’ Tara’s halls Artists vary Male vocal solo author  
Berliner 1773 7-in. 11/7/1897 Believe me if all those endearing young charms J. W. Myers Male vocal solo author  
Berliner 1790 7-in. Before Sept. 1897 Farewell, but whenever you welcome the hour J. W. Myers Male vocal solo author  
Berliner 1940 7-in. 12/14/1898 The last rose of summer J. W. Myers Male vocal solo author  
Berliner 0418 7-in. Aug. 1899-Apr. 1900 Believe me if all those endearing young charms Haydn Quartet Male vocal quartet author  
Berliner 0856 7-in. 12/16/1899 The last rose of summer Frank Badollet Flute solo author  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]117 7-in. 7/11/1900 Believe me if all those endearing young charms Haydn Quartet Male vocal quartet author  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]482 7-in. 10/30/1900 The last rose of summer Rosalia Chalia Soprano vocal solo, with piano author  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]482 10-in. 5/24/1901 The last rose of summer Rosalia Chalia Soprano vocal solo, with piano author  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]701 7-in. 2/21/1901 Let Erin remember the days of yore J. W. Myers Male vocal solo, with piano author  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]718 7-in. 3/11/1901 Come ye disconsolate Choir [i.e., Choir of the Lombard Street Mission] ; Choir [i.e., Lyric Trio] Mixed vocal trio, with organ author  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]718 10-in. 11/25/1902 Come ye disconsolate Choir [i.e., Choir of the Lombard Street Mission] ; Choir [i.e., Lyric Trio] Mixed vocal trio, with organ author  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]1623 7-in. 9/11/1902 The minstrel boy George Schweinfest Piccolo solo author  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]1623 10-in. 9/11/1902 The minstrel boy George Schweinfest Piccolo solo author  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]1708 10-in. 10/21/1902 The last rose of summer Jules Levy Cornet solo, with piano author  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]3142 10-in. 2/21/1901 Let Erin remember the days of old J. W. Myers Male vocal solo, with piano author  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]3196 10-in. 3/11/1901 Come ye disconsolate Lyric Trio Mixed vocal trio author  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]3409 10-in. 5/24/1901 The last rose of summer Rosalia Chalia Soprano vocal solo author  
Victor A-73 7-in. 6/10/1903 The last rose of summer Edith Helena Soprano vocal solo, with piano author  
Victor B-73 10-in. 6/10/1903 The last rose of summer Edith Helena Soprano vocal solo, with piano author  
Victor C-351 12-in. 8/14/1903 The harp that once thro' Tara's halls Sousa's Band Cornet solo, with band author  
Victor B-351 10-in. 1904 The harp that once thro' Tara's halls Sousa's Band Cornet solo, with band author  
Victor A-520 7-in. 10/7/1903 The harp that once thro' Tara's halls Jules Levy Cornet solo, with piano author  
Victor B-520 10-in. 10/7/1903 The harp that once thro' Tara's halls Jules Levy Cornet solo, with piano author  
Victor B-2228 10-in. 2/9/1905 The last rose of summer Edith Helena Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra author  
(Results 1-25 of 254 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Moore, Thomas," accessed October 17, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102361.

Moore, Thomas. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 17, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102361.

"Moore, Thomas." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 17 October 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102361

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