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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 were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.

Recordings (Results 176-200 of 227 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia W140914 10-in. 9/8/1925 Killarney Tom Burke Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia W141005 10-in. 9/29/1925 Marble halls Francis Craig Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia 6128 12-in. approximately 1911 Come into the garden, Maud Walter Wheatley Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 6335 12-in. approximately 1913 Come into the garden, Maud Morgan Kingston Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 75948 12-in. approximately 1917 Come in to the garden, Maud Ben Davies Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 76100 12-in. approximately 1918 Excelsior Thorpe Bates ; Hughes Macklin Male vocal duet, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 76868 12-in. 1/24/1923 Excelsior Eric Courtland ; Harold Williams Vocal duet, with orchestra composer  
Columbia W109028 10-in. March 1928 The heart bow'd down John Oakley Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer  
OKeh S-70317 10-in. Nov. 1921 Killarney Frank J. Corbett Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Brunswick 755 10-in. approximately early 1917 Then you'll remember me Mr. Shaw Male vocal solo composer  
Brunswick [Br cat 5278-b] 10-in. approximately late 1918 Then you'll remember me Reed Miller Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Brunswick [Br cat 15216-a] 10-in. approximately Apr. 1918 Heart bow'd down Henri Scott Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Brunswick 4291 10-in. approximately Oct. 1920 A heart bow'd down Richard Bonelli Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Brunswick 9054 10-in. approximately Oct. 1922 I dreamt I dwelt in marble halls Irene Williams Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Brunswick 3548-3549 10-in. approximately Jan. 1920 Then you'll remember me Theo Karle Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Brunswick 3675-3676 10-in. approximately Feb. 1920 Killarney Theo Karle Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Brunswick X11990-X11992 12-in. 11/27/1923 Bohemian girl Brunswick Light Opera Company Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra composer  
Brunswick 12037-12038 12/4/1923 Then you’ll remember me Theo Karle Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Brunswick E17918-E17921 10-in. 2/9/1926 Then you’ll remember me Mario Chamlee Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Brunswick B16964 10-in. 3/4/1935 Then you'll remember me James Melton Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Brunswick [Br cat 5073-b] 10-in. approximately Oct. 1921 The yellow and blue University Male Quartet Male vocal quartet composer  
Brunswick [Br cat 5286-b] 10-in. approximately early 1919 Killarney Henry Burr Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Edison 832 10-in. 10/19/1911 The heart bowed down Thomas Chalmers Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Edison 839 Not documented 10/16/1911 Killarney Marie Narelle Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Edison 1062 10-in. 6/7/1912 Killarney Marie Narelle Soprano vocal solo and vocal ensemble, with orchestra composer  
(Results 176-200 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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