Percy E. Fletcher

Percy Eastman Fletcher (12 December 1879 – 10 December 1932) was a British composer of classical music, born in Derby. He worked as musical director at London theatres including the Drury Lane Theatre and, from 1915 onward, His Majesty's Theatre. Besides, he wrote ballads, works for chorus, and suites for light orchestra, organ voluntaries for church use, as well as pieces commissioned for brass band competitions, including the tone poem Labour and Love used by the Irwell Springs Band to win the 1913 National Championships. This piece is often regarded as a significant moment in the development of the modern brass band movement and repertoire. It was followed by 'An Epic Symphony', used as the test piece for the Championship Section of the National Championships in 1926.

An article written for the brass band website 4barsrest.com places Fletcher amongst the ten greatest brass band composers.

Birth and Death Data: Born December 12, 1879, Died September 10, 1932

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1911 - 1939

Roles Represented in DAHR: conductor, composer, arranger

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Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-11374 10-in. 12/14/1911 Intermezzo march Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor BVE-50960 10-in. 3/21/1929 Pearl o' mine Nathaniel Shilkret ; Victor Salon Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-62313 10-in. 5/27/1930 Kashmiri song Connecticut Yankees Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo arranger  
Columbia 79513 10-in. 11/11/1920 The Chinaman's song Prince's Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia 74322 12-in. 8/26/1921 Cairo, selection, part 1 Percy E. Fletcher ; His Majesty’s Theatre Orchestra (London, England) Orchestra composer, conductor  
Columbia 74323 12-in. 8/26/1921 Cairo, selection, part 2 Percy E. Fletcher ; His Majesty’s Theatre Orchestra (London, England) Orchestra composer, conductor  
Columbia 74324 12-in. 8/26/1921 Cairo : Valse Percy E. Fletcher ; His Majesty’s Theatre Orchestra (London, England) Orchestra composer, conductor  
Columbia 74325 12-in. 8/26/1921 Cairo : Chinese dance; Procession; Bacchanale Percy E. Fletcher ; His Majesty’s Theatre Orchestra (London, England) Orchestra composer, conductor  
Gramophone 0EA7397 10-in. 3/17/1939 Demoiselle chic : Intermezzo Clifford Greenwood ; London Palladium Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Gramophone Cc7642 12-in. 1/7/1926 Ballet égyptien Percy E. Fletcher ; New Light Symphony Orchestra Orchestra conductor  
Gramophone Cc7643 12-in. 1/7/1926 Ballet égyptien Percy E. Fletcher ; New Light Symphony Orchestra Orchestra conductor  
Gramophone Cc7644 12-in. 1/7/1926 Ballet égyptien Percy E. Fletcher ; New Light Symphony Orchestra Orchestra conductor  
Gramophone Cc7645 12-in. 1/7/1926 Ballet égyptien Percy E. Fletcher ; New Light Symphony Orchestra Orchestra conductor  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Fletcher, Percy E.," accessed October 3, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104553.

Fletcher, Percy E.. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 3, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104553.

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