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Eric Coates

Eric Francis Harrison Coates (27 August 1886 – 21 December 1957) was an English composer of light music and, early in his career, a leading violist.

Coates was born into a musical family but, despite his wishes and obvious talent, his parents only reluctantly allowed him to pursue a musical career. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music under Frederick Corder (composition) and Lionel Tertis (viola), and played in string quartets and theatre pit bands, before joining symphony orchestras conducted by Thomas Beecham and Henry Wood. Coates's experience as a player added to the rigorous training he had received at the academy and contributed to his skill as a composer.

While still working as a violist, Coates composed songs and other light musical works. In 1919 he gave up the viola permanently and from then until his death he made his living as a composer and occasional conductor. His prolific output includes the London Suite (1932), of which the well-known "Knightsbridge March" is the concluding section; the waltz "By the Sleepy Lagoon" (1930); and "The Dam Busters March" (1954). His early compositions were influenced by the music of Arthur Sullivan and Edward German, but Coates's style evolved in step with changes in musical taste, and his later works incorporate elements derived from jazz and dance-band music. His output consists almost wholly of orchestral music and songs. With the exception of one unsuccessful short ballet, he never wrote for the theatre, and only occasionally for the cinema.

Coates died in Chichester, England at the age of 72.

Birth and Death Data: Born August 27, 1886 (Hucknall), Died December 21, 1957 (Chichester)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1914 - 1942

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, conductor, lyricist

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 38 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-40166 10-in. 10/11/1927 Bird songs at eventide John McCormack Tenor vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor BVE-41561 10-in. 1/17/1928 A song remembered John McCormack Tenor vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor BS-042785 10-in. 10/4/1939 Bird songs at eventide Margaret Speaks Female vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor BS-042786 10-in. 10/4/1939 A house love made for you and me Margaret Speaks Female vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor BS-051089 10-in. 6/7/1940 Tell me where is fancy bred Marie Houston ; Frank La Forge Female vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor BS-073426 10-in. 3/11/1942 Sleepy lagoon Vaughn Monroe's Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-073826 10-in. 4/9/1942 Sleepy lagoon Dinah Shore Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BS-074311 10-in. 4/8/1942 By the sleepy lagoon Ralph Ginsburg ; Palmer House Ensemble Instrumental quintet composer  
Columbia 140096 10-in. 10/10/1924 I heard you singing Charles Hackett Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia W142859 10-in. 10/22/1926 I heard you singing Charles Hackett Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia W149462 10-in. 11/1/1929 A song remembered Alfred O'Shea Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Columbia W150497 10-in. 4/28/1930 Bird songs at eventide The Rollickers Male vocal quartet, with piano lyricist, composer  
Columbia W150798 10-in. 9/12/1930 Sea rapture The Rollickers Male vocal quartet, with violin and piano composer  
Columbia 74060 12-in. 4/25/1920 Poème d'extase, part 1 Eric Coates ; London Symphony Orchestra Orchestra conductor  
Columbia 74061 12-in. 4/25/1920 Poème d'extase, part 2 Eric Coates ; London Symphony Orchestra Orchestra conductor  
Columbia 74062 12-in. 4/25/1920 Poème d'extase, part 5 Eric Coates ; London Symphony Orchestra Orchestra conductor  
Columbia 74081 12-in. 5/5/1920 Poème d'extase, part 3 Eric Coates ; London Symphony Orchestra Orchestra conductor  
Columbia 74082 12-in. 5/5/1920 Poème d'extase, part 4 Eric Coates ; London Symphony Orchestra Orchestra conductor  
Columbia 74186 12-in. 4/29/1921 Scheherezade : 2nd movement, part 1 Eric Coates ; London Symphony Orchestra Orchestra conductor  
Columbia 74187 12-in. 4/29/1921 Scheherezade : 2nd movement, part 2 Eric Coates ; London Symphony Orchestra Orchestra conductor  
Columbia 74268 12-in. 3/11/1921 Siegfried idyll, part 1 Eric Coates ; London Symphony Orchestra Orchestra conductor  
Columbia 74269 12-in. 3/11/1921 Siegfried idyll, part 2 Eric Coates ; London Symphony Orchestra Orchestra conductor  
Columbia 74270 12-in. 3/11/1921 Siegfried idyll, part 3 Eric Coates ; London Symphony Orchestra Orchestra conductor  
Columbia 74271 12-in. 3/11/1921 Siegfried idyll, part 4 Eric Coates ; London Symphony Orchestra Orchestra conductor  
Columbia 76919 12-in. 3/23/1923 The merrymakers, miniature overture Eric Coates ; New Queen's Hall Light Orchestra Orchestra composer, conductor  
(Results 1-25 of 38 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Coates, Eric," accessed January 21, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102866.

Coates, Eric. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 21, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102866.

"Coates, Eric." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 21 January 2022.

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