Frederick Keel

James Frederick Keel (8 May 1871 – 9 August 1954) was an English composer of art songs, baritone singer and academic. Keel was a successful recitalist and a professor of singing at the Royal Academy of Music. He combined scholarly and artistic interest in English songs and their history. His free settings of Elizabethan and Jacobean lyrics helped pioneer the revival of interest in the genre. He was also an active member of the English folksong movement. During World War I, Keel was held in the civilian internment camp at Ruhleben in Germany, where he played an active role in the camp's musical life, giving many recitals to help boost the morale of his fellow detainees. Keel was one of the few singer-songwriters of English art songs of his day. Among his better-known compositions are settings of Salt-Water Ballads by the poet John Masefield, including "Trade Winds", the popularity of which has given Keel a reputation for being a "one-song composer".

Birth and Death Data: Born May 8, 1871, Died 1954

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1922 - 1926

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer

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Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-26895 10-in. 9/27/1922 Port of many ships Royal Dadmun Male vocal solo, with harp and orchestra composer  
Victor B-26896 10-in. 9/27/1922 Trade winds Royal Dadmun Male vocal solo, with harp and orchestra composer  
Victor [Trial 1926-04-22-03] 10-in. 4/22/1926 To-morrow James Stanley Male vocal solo, with piano composer  


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