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Alfred Tennyson Tennyson

Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson (6 August 1809 – 6 October 1892) was a British poet. He was the Poet Laureate of Great Britain and Ireland during much of Queen Victoria's reign and remains one of the most popular British poets. In 1829, Tennyson was awarded the Chancellor's Gold Medal at Cambridge for one of his first pieces, "Timbuktu." He published his first solo collection of poems, Poems Chiefly Lyrical in 1830. "Claribel" and "Mariana", which remain some of Tennyson's most celebrated poems, were included in this volume. Although decried by some critics as overly sentimental, his verse soon proved popular and brought Tennyson to the attention of well-known writers of the day, including Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Tennyson's early poetry, with its medievalism and powerful visual imagery, was a major influence on the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.

Tennyson also excelled at penning short lyrics, such as "Break, Break, Break", "The Charge of the Light Brigade", "Tears, Idle Tears", and "Crossing the Bar". Much of his verse was based on classical mythological themes, such as "Ulysses", although "In Memoriam A.H.H." was written to commemorate his friend Arthur Hallam, a fellow poet and student at Trinity College, Cambridge, after he died of a stroke at the age of 22. Tennyson also wrote some notable blank verse including Idylls of the King, "Ulysses", and "Tithonus". During his career, Tennyson attempted drama, but his plays enjoyed little success.

A number of phrases from Tennyson's work have become commonplaces of the English language, including "Nature, red in tooth and claw" (In Memoriam A.H.H.), "'Tis better to have loved and lost / Than never to have loved at all", "Theirs not to reason why, / Theirs but to do and die", "My strength is as the strength of ten, / Because my heart is pure", "To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield", "Knowledge comes, but Wisdom lingers", and "The old order changeth, yielding place to new". He is the ninth most frequently quoted writer in The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations.

Birth and Death Data: Born August 6th, 1809 (Somersby), Died October 6th, 1892 (Sussex)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1898 - 1962

Roles Represented in DAHR: author

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 92 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Berliner 4254 7-in. June 1897-Apr. 1898 Sweet and low Diamond Four Male vocal quartet author  
Berliner 01301 7-in. Before June 1900 Sweet and low Haydn Quartet Male vocal quartet author  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]111 7-in. 7/11/1900 Sweet and low Haydn Quartet Male vocal quartet author  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]111 10-in. 3/18/1902 Sweet and low Haydn Quartet Male vocal quartet author  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]3184 10-in. 3/6/1901 Sweet and low Haydn Quartet Male vocal quartet author  
Victor B-2890 10-in. 11/17/1905 Crossing the bar Frank C. Stanley Male vocal solo, with orchestra author  
Victor B-3414 10-in. 5/25/1906 Sweet and low Lyric Quartet Mixed vocal quartet, unaccompanied author  
Victor C-4705 12-in. 7/24/1907 Come into the garden, Maud Evan Williams Tenor vocal solo, with piano author  
Victor C-6106 12-in. 4/14/1908 Come into the garden, Maud Evan Williams Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra author  
Victor C-6152 12-in. 4/24/1908 Come into the garden, Maude Harold Jarvis Male vocal solo, with orchestra author  
Victor C-6319 12-in. 7/23/1908 Crossing the bar Evan Williams Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra author  
Victor B-6319 10-in. 12/19/1913 Crossing the bar Evan Williams Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra author  
Victor C-6755 12-in. 1/28/1909 Charge of the Light Brigade Rose Coghlan Recitation, with orchestra author  
Victor B-9392 10-in. 8/30/1910 Sweet and low Inez Barbour Female vocal solo, with orchestra author  
Victor B-11009 10-in. 9/26/1911 Crossing the bar Charles D. Von Neumayer Recitation author  
Victor B-12843 10-in. 1/25/1913 The brook Alma Gluck Soprano vocal solo, with piano author  
Victor B-13629 10-in. 7/24/1913 Come into the garden, Maud Charles Harrison Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra author  
Victor C-13846 12-in. 9/23/1913 Ring out, wild bells Percy Hemus Male vocal solo, with orchestra author  
Victor B-14264 10-in. 1/2/1914 Crossing the bar Alan Turner Male vocal solo, with orchestra author  
Victor C-14467 12-in. 2/17/1914 Home thoughts from abroad Cora Mel Patten Recitation author  
Victor C-14473 12-in. 2/17/1914 The wreck Cora Mel Patten Recitation author  
Victor C-14829 12-in. 5/18/1914 One, two, three S. H. Clark Recitation author  
Victor C-15846 12-in. 3/30/1915 Come into the garden, Maud John McCormack Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra author  
Victor B-17246 10-in. 3/2/1916 Sweet is true love Elsie Baker Female vocal solo, with strings and harp author  
Victor B-17368 10-in. 3/24/1916 Break, break, break Victor Light Opera Company Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra author  
(Results 1-25 of 92 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Tennyson, Alfred Tennyson," accessed January 19, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102627.

Tennyson, Alfred Tennyson. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 19, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102627.

"Tennyson, Alfred Tennyson." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 19 January 2021.

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