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Michael William Balfe

Michael William Balfe (15 May 1808 – 20 October 1870) was an Irish composer, best remembered for his operas, especially The Bohemian Girl.

After a short career as a violinist, Balfe pursued an operatic singing career, while he began to compose. In a career spanning more than 40 years, he composed at least 29 operas, almost 250 songs, several cantatas and other works. He was also a noted conductor, directing Italian Opera at Her Majesty's Theatre for seven years, among other conducting posts.

Birth and Death Data: Born May 15, 1808 (Dublin), Died October 21, 1870 (Hertfordshire)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1894 - 1941

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, arranger, lyricist

Notes: Irish poet, composer, and singer

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Recordings (Results 51-75 of 227 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-1460 10-in. 6/9/1904 The arrow and the song Herbert Goddard Baritone vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor A-1464 7-in. 6/9/1904 The heart bowed down Herbert Goddard Baritone vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor B-1464 10-in. 6/9/1904 The heart bowed down Herbert Goddard Baritone vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor C-2040 12-in. 12/9/1904 Killarney Richard Jose Counter-tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-2081 10-in. 12/23/1904 Bohemian girl overture Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor E-2909 8-in. 3/23/1906 The heart bowed down Alan Turner Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-2909 10-in. 11/27/1905 The heart bowed down Alan Turner Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor C-2917 12-in. 11/29/1905 Excelsior Harry Macdonough ; Frank C. Stanley Male vocal duet, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-4157 10-in. 12/27/1906 Killarney Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor E-4157 8-in. 12/27/1906 Killarney Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor C-4312 12-in. 3/15/1907 Then you'll remember me Frederic Freemantel Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-4388 10-in. 4/10/1907 Bliss forever past Corinne Morgan Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor E-4388 8-in. 11/20/1907 Bliss forever past Corinne Morgan Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor C-4705 12-in. 7/24/1907 Come into the garden, Maud Evan Williams Tenor vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor C-6106 12-in. 4/14/1908 Come into the garden, Maud Evan Williams Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-6108 10-in. 4/14/1908 Then you'll remember me Evan Williams Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor C-6152 12-in. 4/24/1908 Come into the garden, Maude Harold Jarvis Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-6371 10-in. 8/29/1908 Goodnight, goodnight beloved Evan Williams Tenor vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor C-6945 12-in. 3/30/1909 Bohemian girl selection Arthur Pryor's Band Band composer  
Victor C-7005 12-in. 4/16/1909 Then you'll remember me George Hamlin Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-8111 10-in. 7/15/1909 I dreamt I dwelt in marble halls Elizabeth Wheeler Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-8204 10-in. 9/3/1909 Then you'll remember me Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor C-8204 12-in. 9/3/1909 Then you'll remember me Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor C-8370 12-in. 11/12/1909 Gems from The Bohemian girl Victor Light Opera Company Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra composer  
Victor C-8594 12-in. 1/3/1910 Killarney John McCormack Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
(Results 51-75 of 227 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Balfe, Michael William," accessed February 29, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102997.

Balfe, Michael William. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 29, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102997.

"Balfe, Michael William." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 29 February 2024.

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