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Edward Fitzball

Edward Fitzball (1792 – 27 October 1873) was a popular English playwright, who specialised in melodrama. His real surname was Ball, and he was born at Burwell, Cambridgeshire.

Fitzball was educated in Newmarket, was apprenticed to a Norwich printer in 1809. He produced some dramatic pieces at the local theatre, and eventually the marked success of his Innkeeper of Abbeville, or The Ostler and the Robber (1820), together with the friendly acceptance of one of his pieces at the Surrey Theatre by Thomas John Dibdin, induced him to settle in London.

During the next twenty-five years, he produced a great number of plays, most of which were successful. He had a special talent for nautical drama. His Floating Beacon (Surrey Theatre, 19 April 1824) ran for 140 nights, and his Pilot (Adelphi, 1825) for 200 nights. He also produced a seminal play on The Flying Dutchman and wrote the libretto for Edward Loder's Raymond and Agnes. His greatest triumph in melodrama was perhaps Jonathan Bradford, or Murder at the Roadside Inn (Surrey Theatre, 12 June 1833). He was at one time stock dramatist and reader of plays at Covent Garden, and afterwards at Drury Lane. He had a considerable reputation as a songwriter and as a librettist in opera. He wrote the librettos for William Vincent Wallace's operas Maritana and Lurline.

The last years of his life were spent in retirement at Chatham, where he died at the age of 81.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1792 (Cambridgeshire), Died October 27th, 1873 (Chatham)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1899 - 1928

Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 43 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Berliner 0298 7-in. 6/28/1899 Let me like a soldier fall Ferruccio Giannini Tenor vocal solo lyricist  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]756 7-in. 5/1/1901 In happy moments Addison Dashiell Madeira Male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]756 10-in. 5/1/1901 In happy moments Addison Dashiell Madeira Male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]3300 10-in. 5/1/1901 In happy moments Addison Dashiell Madeira Male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor B-1713 10-in. 9/28/1904 Scenes that are brightest Corinne Morgan Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor C-1713 12-in. 9/28/1904 Scenes that are brightest Corinne Morgan Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-2377 10-in. 3/14/1905 Sweet spirit, hear my prayer Mina Hickman Female vocal solo lyricist  
Victor C-2615 12-in. 6/6/1905 In happy moments Corinne Morgan Female vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
Victor B-3207 10-in. 3/23/1906 In happy moments Alan Turner Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor C-4306 12-in. 3/14/1907 Holy Mother, guide his footsteps Corinne Morgan ; Elise Stevenson Female vocal duet, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-4677 10-in. 7/12/1907 Scenes that are brightest Helene Noldi Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-4711 10-in. 7/25/1907 Let me like a soldier fall John A. Finnegan Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-6321 10-in. 7/24/1908 Let me like a soldier fall William T. Evans [i.e., Evan Williams] Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor C-8038 12-in. 6/10/1909 My pretty Jane Evan Williams Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor C-9593 12-in. 10/31/1910 Gems from Maritana Victor Light Opera Company Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor C-10512 12-in. 6/7/1911 My pretty Jane Evan Williams Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-18947 10-in. 12/29/1916 Sweet spirit, hear my prayer Elsie Baker Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-27378 10-in. 1/8/1923 Sweet spirit, hear my prayer Merle Alcock Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 3497 10-in. ca. Jan.-Oct. 1906 Let me like a soldier fall George Alexander Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 4319 10-in. ca. 1909-Feb. 1910 Sweet spirit, hear my prayer Mrs. A. Stewart Holt Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 38148 10-in. 7/19/1912 Let me like a soldier fall Charles Harrison Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 80321 10-in. 4/26/1922 Sweet spirit, hear my prayer Lucy Gates Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 30554 12-in. ca. 1910-Jan. 1911 In happy moments Vernon Archibald Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 37377 12-in. 8/23/1915 The bloom is on the rye Oscar Seagle Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 49982 12-in. ca. 1921 Scenes that are brightest Rosa Ponselle Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
(Results 1-25 of 43 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Fitzball, Edward," accessed August 3, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104086.

Fitzball, Edward. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 3, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104086.

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

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