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Edward German

Sir Edward German (17 February 1862 – 11 November 1936) was an English musician and composer of Welsh descent, best remembered for his extensive output of incidental music for the stage and as a successor to Arthur Sullivan in the field of English comic opera. Some of his light operas, especially Merrie England, are still performed.

As a youth, German played the violin and led the town orchestra of Whitchurch, Shropshire. He also began to compose music. While performing and teaching violin at the Royal Academy of Music, German began to build a career as a composer in the mid-1880s, writing serious music as well as light opera. In 1888, he became music director of Globe Theatre in London. He provided popular incidental music for many productions at the Globe and other London theatres, including Richard III (1889), Henry VIII (1892) and Nell Gwynn (1900). He also wrote symphonies, orchestral suites, symphonic poems and other works. He also wrote a considerable body of songs, piano music, and symphonic suites and other concert music, of which his Welsh Rhapsody (1904) is perhaps best known.

German was engaged to finish The Emerald Isle after the death of Arthur Sullivan in 1900, the success of which led to more comic operas, including Merrie England (1902) and Tom Jones (1907). He also wrote the Just So Song Book in 1903 to Rudyard Kipling's texts and continued to write orchestral music. German wrote little new music of his own after 1912, but he continued to conduct until 1928, the year in which he was knighted.

Birth and Death Data: Born February 17th, 1862 (Whitchurch), Died London

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1901 - 1929

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 62 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]1188 7-in. 1/4/1902 Bouree : Scotch dance Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]1188 10-in. 1/4/1902 Bouree-Scotch dance Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]1189 7-in. 1/4/1902 Gigue : Jig Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]1189 10-in. 1/4/1902 Gigue, scotch jig Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix D-]2026 14-in. 1903 Three dances Victor Grand Concert Band Band composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix C-]2045[a] 12-in. 1903 Dances Victor Symphony Orchestra Band composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix C-]2046[a] 12-in. 1903 Dances Victor Symphony Orchestra Band composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]3337 10-in. 5/7/1901 Shepherd's dance Charles D'Almaine Violin solo, with piano composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix C-]31030 12-in. 1901-1902 Dances Victor Symphony Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix C-]31031 12-in. 1901-1902 Dances Victor Symphony Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor A-344 7-in. 8/25/1903 Graceful dance Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor B-344 10-in. 8/25/1903 Graceful dance Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor A-1142 7-in. 3/19/1904 Shepherd's dance Charles D'Almaine Violin solo, with piano composer  
Victor B-1142 10-in. 3/19/1904 Shepherd's dance Charles D'Almaine Violin solo, with piano composer  
Victor B-1517 10-in. 6/24/1904 Morris dance Charles D'Almaine Violin solo, with piano composer  
Victor B-8276 10-in. 10/4/1909 Roses in June Reed Miller Male vocal solo, with harp and orchestra composer  
Victor B-9458 10-in. 9/16/1910 Rolling down to Rio Albert G. Janpolski Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-9520 10-in. 10/5/1910 Rolling down to Rio Herbert Witherspoon Bass vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-9908 10-in. 2/6/1911 Shepherd's dance Charles D'Almaine Violin solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-10494 10-in. 5/24/1911 Who'll buy my lavender? Ethel S. Elliot Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor C-10595 12-in. 6/26/1911 Dream o' day Jill Helen Protheroe Female vocal solo composer  
Victor C-15131 12-in. 8/7/1914 Dances from Henry VIII Conway's Band Band composer  
Victor B-16627 10-in. 10/8/1915 The drummer-boy Frederick J. Wheeler Male vocal solo, with drum and orchestra composer  
Victor C-17128 12-in. 2/8/1916 Country dance from Nell Gwyn Victor Military Band Band composer  
Victor B-18065 10-in. 7/6/1916 Pastoral dance Conway's Band Band composer  
(Results 1-25 of 62 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "German, Edward," accessed October 25, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102993.

German, Edward. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 25, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102993.

"German, Edward." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 25 October 2020.

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