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Noël Coward

Sir Noël Peirce Coward (16 December 1899 – 26 March 1973) was an English playwright, composer, director, actor and singer, known for his wit, flamboyance, and what Time magazine called "a sense of personal style, a combination of cheek and chic, pose and poise".

Coward attended a dance academy in London as a child, making his professional stage début at the age of eleven. As a teenager he was introduced into the high society in which most of his plays would be set. Coward achieved enduring success as a playwright, publishing more than 50 plays from his teens onwards. Many of his works, such as Hay Fever, Private Lives, Design for Living, Present Laughter and Blithe Spirit, have remained in the regular theatre repertoire. He composed hundreds of songs, in addition to well over a dozen musical theatre works (including the operetta Bitter Sweet and comic revues), screenplays, poetry, several volumes of short stories, the novel Pomp and Circumstance, and a three-volume autobiography. Coward's stage and film acting and directing career spanned six decades, during which he starred in many of his own works, as well as those of others.

At the outbreak of the Second World War Coward volunteered for war work, running the British propaganda office in Paris. He also worked with the Secret Service, seeking to use his influence to persuade the American public and government to help Britain. Coward won an Academy Honorary Award in 1943 for his naval film drama In Which We Serve and was knighted in 1969. In the 1950s he achieved fresh success as a cabaret performer, performing his own songs, such as "Mad Dogs and Englishmen", "London Pride" and "I Went to a Marvellous Party".

Coward's plays and songs achieved new popularity in the 1960s and 1970s, and his work and style continue to influence popular culture. He did not publicly acknowledge his homosexuality, but it was discussed candidly after his death by biographers including Graham Payn, his long-time partner, and in Coward's diaries and letters, published posthumously. The former Albery Theatre (originally the New Theatre) in London was renamed the Noël Coward Theatre in his honour in 2006.

Birth and Death Data: Born December 16, 1899 (Teddington), Died March 26, 1973 (Firefly Estate)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1925 - 1947

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, lyricist, baritone vocal, speaker

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Recordings (Results 76-88 of 88 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Gramophone Cc20203 12-in. 9/15/1930 Private lives : Love scene (Act 1) Noel Coward ; Gertrude Lawrence Dramatic scene and female-male vocal duet, with piano and violin vocalist, baritone vocal, composer, lyricist  
Gramophone 2EA2667 12-in. 1/15/1936 Scene from "Shadow play," part 1 Noel Coward ; Gertrude Lawrence Dramatic scene and female-male duet, with orchestra composer, lyricist, vocalist, baritone vocal  
Gramophone 2EA2667 12-in. 5/25/1940 Scene from "Shadow play," concluded Noel Coward ; Gertrude Lawrence Dramatic scene and female-male duet, with orchestra composer, lyricist, vocalist, baritone vocal  
Gramophone 2EA2668 12-in. 1/15/1936 Scene from "Red peppers," part 1 Noel Coward ; Gertrude Lawrence Dramatic scene and female-male duet, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, lyricist, composer  
Gramophone 2EA2669 12-in. 1/15/1936 Scene from "Red peppers," concluded Noel Coward ; Gertrude Lawrence Dramatic scene and female-male duet, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, lyricist, composer  
Gramophone 2EA2670 12-in. 1/16/1936 Scene from "Family album," part 1 Noel Coward ; Gertrude Lawrence Dramatic scene and female-male duet, with orchestra composer, lyricist, vocalist, baritone vocal  
Gramophone 2EA2673 12-in. 1/16/1936 Scene from "Family album," part 2 Noel Coward ; Gertrude Lawrence Dramatic scene and female-male duet, with orchestra composer, lyricist, vocalist, baritone vocal  
Gramophone 2B5926 12-in. 2/27/1934 Conversation piece : Selection, part 2 Reginald Burston ; His Majesty’s Theatre Orchestra (London, England) Orchestra composer  
Victor (Canada) 8633 10-in. before 7/26/1940 I'll see you again Art Hallman ; Mart Kenney Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Columbia (U.K.) WL2165 10-in. 4/7/1930 Ne serait-ce pas l'amour? Jane Marnac ; Fred Mélé Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia (U.K.) WL2166 10-in. 4/7/1930 Je vous reverrai Max Bussy ; Jane Marnac ; Fred Mélé Vocal duet with orchestra composer  
Columbia (U.K.) WL2167 10-in. 4/7/1930 Le petit café Max Bussy ; Jane Marnac ; Fred Mélé Vocal duet with orchestra composer  
Columbia (U.K.) WL2168 10-in. 4/7/1930 Tzigane Jane Marnac ; Fred Mélé Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
(Results 76-88 of 88 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Coward, Noël," accessed January 27, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102403.

Coward, Noël. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 27, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102403.

"Coward, Noël." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 27 January 2023.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102403

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