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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 126-150 of 227 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia 2 10-in. approximately 1901 The heart bowed down Artists vary Baritone vocal solo, with piano composer  
Columbia 14 7-in. ca. 1901 Killarney Artists vary Cornet solo, with piano composer  
Columbia 14 10-in. ca. 1901 Killarney Artists vary Cornet solo, with piano composer  
Columbia 216 7-in. ca. 1901-Sept. 1902 Then you'll remember me Artists vary Violin solo, with piano composer  
Columbia 216 10-in. approximately 1901 Then you'll remember me Artists vary Violin solo, with piano composer  
Columbia 356 7-in. ca. 1901-Sept. 1902 Killarney Artists vary Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Columbia 356 10-in. approximately 1901 Killarney Artists vary Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Columbia 414 7-in. ca. 1901-Sept. 1902 Then you'll remember me Artists vary Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Columbia 414 10-in. ca. 1901 Then you'll remember me Artists vary Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Columbia 437 7-in. ca. 1901 Killarney Columbia Band ; Leo Zimmerman Band, with trombone solo composer  
Columbia 437 10-in. approximately 1901 Killarney Columbia Band ; Leo Zimmerman Band, with trombone solo composer  
Columbia 562 7-in. ca. 1902 Then you'll remember me Columbia Band Band composer  
Columbia 562 10-in. approximately 1902 Then you'll remember me Columbia Band Band, with trombone solo composer  
Columbia 1072 7-in. ca. 1902-Oct. 1905 The heart bowed down Frank C. Stanley Baritone vocal solo, with piano composer  
Columbia 1072 10-in. ca. 1902 The heart bowed down Frank C. Stanley Baritone vocal solo, with piano composer  
Columbia 1357 10-in. ca. 1903-1908 The Bohemian girl : Romance Roberto Vanni Tenor vocal solo, with piano composer  
Columbia 1446 7-in. ca. 1903-Oct. 1905 Killarney Minnie Emmett Female vocal solo, with piano composer  
Columbia 1446 10-in. between 1903 and 1908 Killarney Minnie Emmett Female vocal solo, with piano composer  
Columbia 3235 10-in. ca. Jan.-Sept. 1905 Killarney George Alexander Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 3949 10-in. approximately 1908 The heart bowed down Alan Turner Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 19183 10-in. 1/4/1911 Come into the garden, Maud Reed Miller Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 19785 10-in. 3/5/1912 Killarney Alice Nielsen Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 38498 10-in. 12/13/1912 Killarney Andrea Sarto Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 46239 10-in. 12/6/1915 The heart bowed down Herbert Stuart Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 46446 10-in. 2/23/1916 Then you'll remember me Hardy Williamson Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
(Results 126-150 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.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102997

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