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Frederic Clay

Frederic Emes Clay (3 August 1838 – 24 November 1889) was an English composer known principally for his music written for the stage. Clay, a great friend of Arthur Sullivan's, wrote four comic operas with W. S. Gilbert and introduced the two men.

While working as a civil servant in the Treasury department, Clay began composing seriously in the early 1860s. His first big success was Ages Ago (1869), a short comic opera with a libretto by W. S. Gilbert, for the small Gallery of Illustration. Other pieces with Gilbert and others followed, and Clay turned to composing full-time after his father died in 1873. That year, he composed a successful opera-bouffe version of The Black Crook for the Alhambra Theatre. Clay's last piece with Gilbert was Princess Toto (1875). He also composed two cantatas. His last two works were both successful operas composed in 1883, The Merry Duchess and The Golden Ring. He then suffered a stroke that paralysed him at age 44.

Birth and Death Data: Born August 3rd, 1838 (Paris), Died November 24th, 1889 (Buckinghamshire)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1898 - 1928

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 37 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Berliner 3670 7-in. 10/7/1898 I’ll sing thee songs of Araby Dorothy Yale Female vocal solo composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]1248 7-in. 2/11/1902 I'll sing thee songs of Araby Herbert Goddard Baritone vocal solo composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]1248 10-in. 2/11/1902 I'll sing thee songs of Araby Herbert Goddard Baritone vocal solo composer  
Victor A-514 7-in. 10/7/1903 Gypsy John Adolf Dahm-Petersen Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor B-514 10-in. 10/7/1903 Gypsy John Adolf Dahm-Petersen Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor C-3454 12-in. 6/12/1906 I'll sing thee songs of Araby Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-3860 10-in. 10/8/1906 She wandered down the mountain side Corinne Morgan Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor C-4726 12-in. 7/30/1907 Gipsy John Victor Orchestra ; Herbert Witherspoon Bass vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-12760 10-in. 1/2/1913 I'll sing thee songs of Araby John McCormack Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor C-18500 12-in. 9/26/1916 She wandered down the mountainside Alma Gluck Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-23873 10-in. 3/29/1920 Gypsy John Dom J. Zan Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor B-29430 10-in. 2/1/1924 Gipsy John Royal Dadmun Male vocal solo, with cello and orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-29430 10-in. 10/6/1927 Gipsy John Royal Dadmun Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-36113 10-in. 8/10/1926 I'll sing the songs of Araby The De Reszke Singers Male vocal quartet, with piano composer  
Victor CVE-45180 12-in. 5/25/1928 The sands o' Dee Reinald Werrenrath Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor [Trial 1919-05-29-02] Not documented 5/29/1919 I'll sing thee songs of Araby Walter Pontius Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Columbia 61 7-in. ca. 1901-Sept. 1902 I'll sing thee songs of Araby Artists vary Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Columbia 61 10-in. ca. 1901-Sept. 1902 I'll sing thee songs of Araby Artists vary Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Columbia 3951 10-in. ca. 1908-Apr. 1909 I'll sing thee songs of Araby Alan Turner Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 19905 10-in. 5/24/1912 She wandered down the mountain side Charles Harrison Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 80139 10-in. 1/17/1922 I'll sing thee songs of Araby Tandy MacKenzie Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 30051 12-in. ca. 1906-Feb. 1907 I'll sing thee songs of Araby Henry Burr Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 30293 12-in. ca. Jan.-Nov. 1909 Gipsy John Kirk Towns Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 30311 12-in. 10/9/1909 Gipsy John Kirk Towns Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 48570 12-in. 1/27/1916 Gipsy John Henri Scott Bass vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
(Results 1-25 of 37 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Clay, Frederic," accessed November 26, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103980.

Clay, Frederic. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 26, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103980.

"Clay, Frederic." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 26 November 2020.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103980

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