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|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Keel, Frederick," accessed November 30, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104431.
Keel, Frederick. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 30, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104431.
"Keel, Frederick." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 30 November 2023.
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