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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 54 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 1915 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 6543 12-in. approximately 1915 Abide with me Clara Butt Contralto vocal solo, with 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 6574 12-in. approximately 1915 The keys of heaven Clara Butt ; Kennerley Rumford Female-male vocal duet, with piano 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 6607 12-in. approximately 1915 O rest in the Lord Clara Butt ; Henry J. Wood Contralto vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, contralto  
Columbia 6655 12-in. approximately 1915 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 6657 12-in. approximately 1915 The enchantress Clara Butt Contralto vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, contralto  
Columbia 6662 12-in. approximately 1915 Birth of the flowers Clara Butt ; Ethel Hook ; Hazel Hook ; Pauline Hook Female vocal quartet, with piano vocalist, contralto  
Columbia 6668 12-in. approximately 1915 The three fishers Clara Butt 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 1916 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  
(Results 1-25 of 54 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Butt, Clara," accessed September 23, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103657.

Butt, Clara. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 23, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103657.

"Butt, Clara." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 23 September 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103657

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