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A. Herbert Brewer

Sir Alfred Herbert Brewer (21 June 1865 – 1 March 1928) was an English composer and organist. As organist of Gloucester Cathedral from 1896 until his death, he contributed a good deal to the Three Choirs Festival for 30 years.

Brewer lived in Gloucester his whole life. He was the organist at two of its churches, and also founded the city's choral society in 1905. He had been a Gloucester Cathedral chorister in his boyhood, and began his organ studies there under C. H. Lloyd. He was educated at the Cathedral School, Oxford and at the Royal College of Music.

In 1913, at the Three Choirs Festival in Gloucester, Brewer was entrusted with conducting the premiere of Sibelius's tone-poem for soprano and orchestra, Luonnotar, Op. 70. The soloist was Aino Ackté.

As a composer, Brewer was fairly conservative. His output includes church music of all types, cantatas, songs, instrumental works, and orchestral music. The greater part of his life was devoted to the advancement of the standards of ecclesiastical music. Some of it has been recorded on the Priory label. His Magnificat and Nunc dimittis in D major are in the standard repertoire of Anglican church music. An organ work, Marche Héroïque, is also revived from time to time (and was heard at the televised 1979 funeral of Lord Mountbatten). He was knighted in 1926.

Birth and Death Data: Born June 21, 1865 (Gloucester), Died March 1, 1928

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1914 - 1927

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer

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Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-15400 10-in. 11/13/1914 The fairy pipers Alma Gluck Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-15702 10-in. 2/12/1915 The fairy pipers Olive Kline Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor [Trial 1919-03-13-01] Not documented 3/13/1919 The fields o' Ballyclare Elizabeth Lennox Female vocal solo, with piano composer  
Columbia 46652 10-in. 3/18/1916 The little road home Paul Dufault Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 81620 10-in. 3/13/1924 The fairy pipers Florence Macbeth Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 48925 12-in. 9/20/1916 The year's at the spring Maggie Teyte Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 29901 10-in. approximately 1915 The fairy pipers Clara Butt Contralto vocal solo, with celeste composer  
Brunswick 13016-13018 10-in. 4/28/1924 The fairy pipers Sigrid Onégin Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Brunswick 15202-15205 10-in. 3/17/1925 The fairy pipers Maria Ivogun Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Brunswick E18445-E18446 10-in. 3/16/1926 Alexander Alfred M. Greenfield ; New York University Glee Club Male vocal chorus, with piano composer  
Brunswick E21620-E21621 10-in. 2/25/1927 The fairy pipers Sigrid Onégin Contralto vocal solo, with orchestra composer  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Brewer, A. Herbert," accessed June 29, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104983.

Brewer, A. Herbert. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 29, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104983.

"Brewer, A. Herbert." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 29 June 2022.

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