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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 76-100 of 227 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor C-8616 12-in. 2/10/1910 Excelsior Harry Macdonough ; Reinald Werrenrath Male vocal duet, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-8937 10-in. 5/11/1910 Bohemian girl fantasia William H. Reitz Xylophone solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-9183 10-in. 7/18/1910 Killarney Hubert M. Spross Whistling solo, with piano composer  
Victor B-10679 10-in. 7/6/1911 The yellow and the blue Orpheus Quartet Male vocal quartet composer  
Victor C-11533 12-in. 1/31/1912 The heart bowed down Allesandro Liberati Cornet solo, with piano composer  
Victor B-11833 10-in. 4/5/1912 The harp that once thro' Tara's halls John McCormack Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra arranger  
Victor C-11899 12-in. 4/19/1912 Gipsy chorus Mixed Quartet Mixed vocal quartet, with orchestra composer  
Victor C-12272 12-in. 7/30/1912 The heart bow'd down Clarence Whitehill Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor C-12558 12-in. 11/1/1912 I dreamt that I dwelt Olive Kline Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-13217 10-in. 4/30/1913 The fair land of Poland Reed Miller Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-13629 10-in. 7/24/1913 Come into the garden, Maud Charles Harrison Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-14677 10-in. 4/7/1914 Then you'll remember me John McCormack Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-14677 10-in. 12/23/1925 Then you'll remember me John McCormack Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor C-15037 12-in. 7/2/1914 The heart bow'd down Clarence Whitehill Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor CVE-15037 12-in. 6/22/1927 The heart bow'd down Clarence Whitehill Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor C-15846 12-in. 3/30/1915 Come into the garden, Maud John McCormack Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor C-17507 12-in. 4/17/1916 Gems from The Bohemian girl Victor Opera Company Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra composer  
Victor CVE-17507 12-in. 8/25/1926 Gems from The Bohemian girl Victor Light Opera Company Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra composer  
Victor C-17508 12-in. 4/17/1916 Gems from The Bohemian girl Victor Opera Company Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra composer  
Victor CVE-17508 12-in. 8/25/1926 Gems from The Bohemian girl Victor Light Opera Company Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-17748 10-in. 5/29/1916 Bohemian girl melodies McKee Trio Instrumental trio composer  
Victor B-17901 10-in. 6/19/1916 Killarney McKee Trio Instrumental trio composer  
Victor C-18151 12-in. 7/26/1916 The heart bow'd down Reinald Werrenrath Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-18520 10-in. 10/3/1916 The yellow and the blue Peerless Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-18980 10-in. 1/11/1917 I dreamt I dwelt in marble halls Mabel Garrison Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
(Results 76-100 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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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102997

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