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Charles Villiers Stanford

Sir Charles Villiers Stanford (30 September 1852 – 29 March 1924) was an Irish composer, music teacher, and conductor of the late Romantic Era. Born to a well-off and highly musical family in Dublin, Stanford was educated at the University of Cambridge before studying music in Leipzig and Berlin. He was instrumental in raising the status of the Cambridge University Musical Society, attracting international stars to perform with it.

While still an undergraduate, Stanford was appointed organist of Trinity College, Cambridge. In 1882, aged 29, he was one of the founding professors of the Royal College of Music, where he taught composition for the rest of his life. From 1887 he was also Professor of Music at Cambridge. As a teacher, Stanford was sceptical about modernism, and based his instruction chiefly on classical principles as exemplified in the music of Brahms. Among his pupils were rising composers whose fame went on to surpass his own, such as Gustav Holst and Ralph Vaughan Williams. As a conductor, Stanford held posts with the Bach Choir and the Leeds triennial music festival.

Stanford composed a substantial number of concert works, including seven symphonies, but his best-remembered pieces are his choral works for church performance, chiefly composed in the Anglican tradition. He was a dedicated composer of opera, but none of his nine completed operas has endured in the general repertory. Some critics regarded Stanford, together with Hubert Parry and Alexander Mackenzie, as responsible for a renaissance in music from the British Isles. However, after his conspicuous success as a composer in the last two decades of the 19th century, his music was eclipsed in the 20th century by that of Edward Elgar as well as former pupils.

Birth and Death Data: Born September 30th, 1852 (Dublin), Died London

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1900 - 1930

Roles Represented in DAHR: arranger, composer

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]66 7-in. 6/8/1900 Father O'Flynn George Broderick Male vocal solo arranger  
Victor B-2496 10-in. 4/27/1905 Father O'Flynn William F. Hooley Male vocal solo, with orchestra arranger  
Victor B-12765 10-in. 1/3/1913 Molly Brannigan John McCormack Tenor vocal solo, with piano arranger  
Victor B-28824 10-in. 11/1/1923 Father O'Flynn Royal Dadmun Male vocal solo, with orchestra arranger  
Victor BVE-28824 10-in. 7/10/1925 Father O'Flynn Royal Dadmun Male vocal solo, with orchestra arranger  
Victor B-29630 10-in. 3/7/1924 The blue bird Mendelssohn Chorus Mixed vocal chorus composer  
Victor CVE-64560 12-in. 10/29/1930 The blue bird Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia Mixed vocal chorus, unaccompanied composer  
Columbia 38107 10-in. 7/2/1912 My love's an arbutus Reed Miller Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 47269 10-in. 1/5/1917 Molly Brannigan George Potter Male vocal solo, with orchestra arranger  
Columbia 77294 10-in. 8/28/1917 Maguire's kick Percy Grainger Piano solo composer  
Columbia 79625 10-in. 1/4/1921 Molly Brannigan Howard Marsh Male vocal solo, with orchestra arranger  
Columbia 36480 12-in. 10/25/1912 Father O'Flynn Frank Croxton Male vocal solo, with orchestra arranger  
Columbia 48954 12-in. 10/16/1916 The banks of the daisies Oscar Seagle Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra arranger  
Columbia 98035 12-in. 8/8/1922 Four Irish dances, no. 4 Percy Grainger Piano solo composer  
Columbia W143654 10-in. 3/4/1927 Molly Brannigan Seamus O'Doherty Male vocal solo, with orchestra arranger  
OKeh S-70010 10-in. July 1921 Molly Brannigan Liam O'Kennedy Male vocal solo, with orchestra arranger  
OKeh S-73054 10-in. Dec. 1924 Father O'Flynn Ed Geoghegan ; Frank Quinn Fiddle (violin) solo, with male vocal solo and piano arranger  
Edison 3450 10-in. Nov. 1914 The little admiral Philip H. Wolfram Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Edison 4770 10-in. 6/6/1916 Father O'Flynn Arthur Middleton Male vocal solo, with orchestra arranger  
Edison 5262 10-in. 1/3/1917 Molly Brannigan Joseph W. White Male vocal solo, with orchestra arranger  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Stanford, Charles Villiers," accessed October 26, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102588.

Stanford, Charles Villiers. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 26, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102588.

"Stanford, Charles Villiers." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 26 October 2020.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102588

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