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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 27th, 1886 (Hucknall), Died Chichester

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1914 - 1942

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, conductor, lyricist

Recordings

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-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 composer, lyricist  
Columbia W150798 10-in. 9/12/1930 Sea rapture The Rollickers Male vocal quartet, with violin and piano composer  
OKeh [OK cat 40171-b] 10-in. 1923 The fairy tales of Ireland Gerald Griffin Male vocal solo composer  
Brunswick 12991-12992 10-in. 4/24/1924 Thinkin’ of you John Barclay Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Brunswick TC2352 10-in. 9/25/1928 I heard you singing Kenyon Congdon Male vocal solo composer  
Brunswick DB11 10-in. approximately Sept. 1928 A Dinder courtship Stanley Holloway Male vocal solo, with piano lyricist, composer  
Brunswick E27563 10-in. 5/17/1928 Bird songs at eventide Richard Bonelli Male vocal solo, with orchestra, mandolin, and guitar composer  
Brunswick E17772-E17774 10-in. 2/2/1926 I pitch my lonely caravan at night Elliott Shaw Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Edison 3015 10-in. May 1914 Melanie Reed Miller Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Edison 6248 10-in. 6/24/1918 Our little home Thomas Chalmers Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Edison 18467 10-in. 5/3/1928 Bird songs at eventide Westell Gordon Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Edison N-233 10-in. 5/3/1928 Bird songs at eventide Westell Gordon Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Coates, Eric," accessed October 29, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102866.

Coates, Eric. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 29, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102866.

"Coates, Eric." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 29 October 2020.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102866

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