Clarence Lucas (October 19, 1866 – July 2, 1947), was a Canadian composer, lyricist, conductor, and music professor.
Lucas was born at Six Nations Reserve, Ontario and was a student of Romain-Octave Pelletier I. He taught at the Toronto College of Music, taught in Utica, New York, and was the musical director at Wesleyan Ladies College in Hamilton, Ontario. In London, he tutored pupils in composition, proofread music for Chappel publishing, and was a correspondent and then editor for the magazine Musical Courier which he later held in New York and Paris. In Sèvres, just outside Paris, Lucas freelanced as a music transcriber, arranger, lyricist, and translator. He also contributed to Etude, a musical periodical.
Lucas conducted works by George Frideric Handel, Michael Costa, Edvard Grieg, George M. Cohan, and others. He toured the British Isles as a conductor for the Irish musical Peggy Machree, and the United States for Grieg's Peer Gynt.
Lucas' first wife was an English pianist, Clara Asher. His second wife was Gertrude Pidd, a musician. He had a son, British composer and conductor Leighton Lucas (1903 - 1982).
In the early 1900s, Lucas composed Overture Macbeth, a piece inspired by the Shakespeare play. The work had not been performed for nearly 100 years, until July 2018, where the music was orchestrated and recorded by the Symphonova Orchestra, to mark the Canadian sesquicentennial. Overture Macbeth can be found on the collection La Patrie - Our Canada, distributed by the Canadian Music Centre.
He authored The Story of Musical Form (1908, London).
Lucas composed music for voice, choir, organ, piano and orchestra. He wrote overtures, cantatas, symphonies, operas, chamber music, songs for musicals, lyrics for popular songs and art songs.
He died July 2, 1947 in Paris and is buried in Sèvres.
His notable works include:
Birth and Death Data: Born October 19, 1866 (Ontario), Died July 1, 1947 (Sèvres)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1906 - 1947
Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist, arranger, translator, composer
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|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||C-16136||12-in.||6/23/1915||The song of songs||Evan Williams||Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-18705||10-in.||11/13/1916||My soldier lad||Alan Turner||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||translator|
|Victor||B-25394||10-in.||7/13/1921||Song of songs||John Steel||Male vocal solo, with violin, harp, and orchestra||translator|
|Victor||B-32462||10-in.||4/22/1925||The song of songs||Hope Hampton||Female vocal solo, with piano||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-34542||10-in.||2/6/1926||The bells of St. Mary's||Associated Glee Clubs of America||Male vocal chorus||arranger|
|Victor||BVE-34547||10-in.||2/6/1926||The bells of St. Mary's, part 1||Associated Glee Clubs of America||Male vocal chorus||arranger|
|Victor||BVE-39223||10-in.||6/6/1927||Song of songs||Maurice J. Gunsky||Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-43735||10-in.||4/23/1928||The song of songs||Richard Crooks||Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra||translator|
|Victor||BVE-57154||10-in.||11/18/1929||The perfect song||Nathaniel Shilkret ; Victor Salon Orchestra||Orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||D7VB-0090||10-in.||1/23/1947||Song of songs||Perry Como ; Lloyd Shaffer||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||3312||10-in.||ca. 1905-Jan. 1906||When stars are in the quiet skies||George Alexander||Male vocal solo, with piano||composer|
|Columbia||79282||10-in.||6/16/1920||The song of songs||Charles Hackett||Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||37080||12-in.||11/25/1914||The song of songs||Grace Kerns||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||[W]149761||10-in.||1/15/1930||The perfect song||The Danford Sisters ; Hotel Pennsylvania Music ; Jack Miller||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and female vocal duet||lyricist|
|OKeh||S-72430||10-in.||Apr. 1924||The song of songs||Bernard Ferguson ; Justin Ring Trio||Male vocal solo, with instrumental trio||lyricist|
|OKeh||W403727||10-in.||2/4/1930||The perfect song||Tommy Bohn Penn-Sirens Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|OKeh||W403757||10-in.||2/14/1930||The perfect song||Seger Ellis||Male vocal solo, with violin, cello, and piano||lyricist|
|Brunswick||13022-13023||10-in.||4/29/1924||Song of songs||Theo Karle||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Brunswick||13140-13141||10-in.||5/19/1924||Song of songs||Theo Karle||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Brunswick||15188-15190||10-in.||3/16/1925||The song of songs||Frank Munn||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Brunswick||E30398||10-in.||July 1929||The perfect song||Brunswick Concert Orchestra||Orchestra, with vocal||lyricist|
|Edison||3411||10-in.||Nov. 1914||The song of songs||Redferne Hollinshead||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Edison||6471||10-in.||between 11/12/1918 and 11/27/1918||The song of songs||Leola Lucey||Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Edison||11519||10-in.||2/14/1927||The song of songs||Frederick Kinsley ; Walter Scanlan||Male vocal solo, with organ||lyricist|
|Decca||69170||10-in.||5/9/1941||The perfect song||Jesse Crawford||lyricist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Lucas, Clarence," accessed May 17, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104046.
Lucas, Clarence. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 17, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104046.
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