Arthur Somervell

Sir Arthur Somervell (5 June 1863 – 2 May 1937) was an English composer and art song writer. 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. One of his best-known works is his English-language adaptation of a Handel aria, "Silent Worship".

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

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1911 - 1937

Roles Represented in DAHR: arranger, composer


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  
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  
Gramophone 0EA4552 10-in. Jan. 1937 Little Mary Cassidy Robert Irwin ; Reginald Paul Male vocal solo, with piano arranger  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Somervell, Arthur," accessed August 3, 2021,

Somervell, Arthur. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 3, 2021, from

"Somervell, Arthur." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 3 August 2021.

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