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Clara Butt

Dame Clara Ellen Butt, (1 February 1872 – 23 January 1936) was an English contralto. Her main career was as a recitalist and concert singer. Her voice, both powerful and deep, impressed contemporary composers such as Saint-Saëns and Elgar; the latter composed a song-cycle with her in mind as soloist.

Butt appeared in only two operatic productions, both of Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice. Later in her career she frequently appeared in recitals together with her husband, the baritone Kennerley Rumford. She made numerous recordings for the gramophone.

Birth and Death Data: Born February 1st, 1872 (Brighton), Died January 23rd, 1936 (Oxfordshire)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1910 - 1933

Roles Represented in DAHR: contralto

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 44 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia 6540 12-in. approximately 1915 The lover's curse Clara Butt Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, contralto  
Columbia 6541 12-in. approximately 1916 Husheen Clara Butt Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, contralto  
Columbia 6542 12-in. approximately 1915 The promise of life Clara Butt Female vocal solo, with organ and piano vocalist, contralto  
Columbia 6544 12-in. approximately 1915 The lost chord Clara Butt Female vocal solo, with organ and piano vocalist, contralto  
Columbia 6555 12-in. approximately 1915 God shall wipe away all tears Clara Butt Female vocal solo, with organ and piano vocalist, contralto  
Columbia 6557 12-in. approximately 1915 O don fatale Clara Butt Contralto vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, contralto  
Columbia 6605 12-in. approximately 1915 When all was young Clara Butt ; C. Warwick Evans ; Henry J. Wood Contralto vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, contralto  
Columbia 6606 12-in. approximately 1915 O mio Fernando Clara Butt ; Henry J. Wood Contralto vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, contralto  
Columbia 6655 12-in. approximately 1916 Ombra mai fu Clara Butt ; Henry J. Wood Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, contralto  
Columbia 6656 12-in. approximately 1915 Mon cœur s'ouvre a ta voix Clara Butt ; Henry J. Wood Contralto vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, contralto  
Columbia 6690 12-in. 7/2/1925 The keys of heaven Clara Butt ; Kennerley Rumford Female-male vocal duet, with piano vocalist, contralto  
Columbia 6767 12-in. approximately 1917 Che faro Clara Butt ; Henry J. Wood Contralto vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, contralto  
Columbia 6768 12-in. approximately 1916 O divine redeemer Clara Butt ; Henry J. Wood Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, contralto  
Columbia 6771 12-in. 1916 The dream of Gerontius Clara Butt ; Maurice D'Oisly ; Henry J. Wood Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra vocalist, contralto  
Columbia 6772 12-in. 1916 The dream of Gerontius Clara Butt ; Maurice D'Oisly ; Henry J. Wood Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra vocalist, contralto  
Columbia 6773 12-in. 1916 The dream of Gerontius Clara Butt ; Maurice D'Oisly ; Henry J. Wood Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra vocalist, contralto  
Columbia 6774 12-in. 1916 The dream of Gerontius Clara Butt ; Maurice D'Oisly ; Henry J. Wood Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra vocalist, contralto  
Columbia 6775 12-in. approximately 1916 Rend' il sereno Clara Butt ; Henry J. Wood Contralto vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, contralto  
Columbia 6887 12-in. approximately 1916 A summer night Clara Butt ; W. H. Squire Female vocal solo, with piano and 'cello obbligato vocalist, contralto  
Columbia 6888 12-in. approximately 1916 O lovely night Clara Butt ; W. H. Squire Female vocal solo, with piano and 'cello obbligato vocalist, contralto  
Columbia 6890 12-in. approximately 1916 Time's garden Clara Butt ; W. H. Squire Female vocal solo, with piano and 'cello obbligato vocalist, contralto  
Columbia 6896 12-in. approximately 1916 Il segreto per essere felici Clara Butt ; Henry J. Wood Contralto vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, contralto  
Columbia 69999 10-in. approximately 1917-1920 Till I wake Clara Butt Contralto vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, contralto  
Columbia 74156 12-in. approximately 9/16/1920 Kashmiri song Clara Butt ; Hamilton Harty Contralto vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, contralto  
Columbia 74157 12-in. approximately 9/16/1920 Where corals lie Clara Butt ; Hamilton Harty Contralto vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, contralto  
(Results 1-25 of 44 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Butt, Clara," accessed July 25, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103657.

Butt, Clara. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 25, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103657.

"Butt, Clara." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 25 July 2021.

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