Arthur Somervell

Sir Arthur Somervell (5 June 1863 – 2 May 1937) was an English composer and educationalist. After Hubert Parry, he was one of the most successful and influential writers of art song in the English music renaissance of the 1890s–1900s. According to Michael Hurd, his most important work is found in the five song cycles, particularly his settings of Tennyson in Maud (1898) and Housman in A Shropshire Lad (1904).

Birth and Death Data: Born June 5, 1863 (Windermere), Died May 2, 1937 (Greater London)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1911 - 1950

Roles Represented in DAHR: arranger, composer

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Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-12782 10-in. 1/9/1913 Little Mary Cassidy Reinald Werrenrath Male vocal solo, with orchestra arranger  
Victor B-20491 10-in. 8/3/1917 Shepherd's cradle song Paul Reimers Male vocal solo, with celeste and orchestra arranger  
Victor B-29578 10-in. 3/5/1924 Men of Harlech Mendelssohn Chorus Mixed vocal chorus arranger  
Victor BRC-71225 10-in. 1/13/1932 All through the night Jesse Crawford ; Richard Crooks Tenor vocal solo, with pipe organ arranger  
Victor CS-74704 12-in. 12/16/1932 A kingdom by the sea Lawrence Tibbett Baritone vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor E0RC-15 12-in. 1/3/1950 Come to me, soothing sleep Marian Anderson ; Franz Rupp Contralto vocal solo, with iano arranger  
Columbia 30770 12-in. 5/19/1911 All through the night David Scull Bispham Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra arranger  
Columbia 6361 12-in. approximately 1913 All through the night Dalton Baker Male vocal solo, with orchestra arranger  
Columbia 6731 12-in. approximately 1916 Shepherd's cradle song Edgar Coyle Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Gramophone 0EA4552 10-in. January 1937 Little Mary Cassidy Robert Irwin ; Reginald Paul Male vocal solo, with piano arranger  
Columbia (U.K.) CA14496 10-in. between November 1934 and April 1935 Silent worship Dennis Noble Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra arranger  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Somervell, Arthur," accessed February 28, 2024,

Somervell, Arthur. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 28, 2024, from

"Somervell, Arthur." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 28 February 2024.

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