Sir Daniel Eyers Godfrey (20 June 1868 – 20 July 1939) was a British music conductor and member of a musical dynasty that included his father Daniel Godfrey (1831–1903). His son, also Dan Godfrey, was also a musician, station manager at BBC Manchester in the 1920s, and the first full-time conductor of the BBC Wireless Orchestra (1924–1926).
He was born in London, a member of a distinguished family of English bandmasters, and son of the bandmaster of the Grenadier Guards - (to whom the waltz Les Grenadiers, Op. 207, by Émile Waldteufel was dedicated.)
He founded the Bournemouth Municipal Orchestra in 1893 and remained its leading conductor for 41 years, until 1934. Although he was contracted by the Bournemouth Corporation to conduct a seasonal band of 30 musicians, his ambition was to build a permanent symphony orchestra in the town.
Godfrey gave the first performance of the reconstruction of Vaughan Williams's A London Symphony on 11 February 1915, and made acoustic recordings of excerpts of the work in 1923 and an abridged version in 1925. He also made electric recordings of Mozart's Jupiter Symphony, Dvořák's Slavonic Dances, Debussy's Petite Suite and Grieg's Sigurd Jorsalfar March with the London Symphony Orchestra.
Godfrey and the Bournemouth Municipal Orchestra made several gramophone records for HMV from 1914 to 1930. He was knighted in 1922 'for valuable services to British music' largely as a result of a vigorous campaign on his behalf from Ethel Smyth. He died in Bournemouth in 1939 aged 71 and is buried at St Peter's Church.
Birth and Death Data: Born June 20, 1868 (London), Died July 20, 1939
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1903 - 1929
Roles Represented in DAHR: conductor, arranger
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|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||B-249||10-in.||8/11/1903||Handel's largo||Sousa's Band||Band, with cornet solo||arranger|
|Victor||C-11643||12-in.||2/28/1912||Samson and Delilah selection||Arthur Pryor's Band||Band||arranger|
|Victor||C-12228||12-in.||7/24/1912||Coppelia ballet||Conway's Band||Band||arranger|
|Victor||B-14304||10-in.||1/12/1914||Farandole, part 4||Vessella's Italian Band||Band||arranger|
|Victor||C-14608||12-in.||3/21/1914||Exotic dance||United States Marine Band||Band||arranger|
|Victor||B-31459||10-in.||11/28/1924||March of the dwarfs||Goldman Band ; Edwin Franko Goldman||Band||arranger|
|Columbia (U.K.)||WRAX2522||12-in.||January-April 1927||Kaiser march||Dan Godfrey||Orchestra||conductor|
|Columbia (U.K.)||WRAX2523||12-in.||January-April 1927||Kaiser march||Dan Godfrey||Orchestra||conductor|
|Columbia (U.K.)||WRAX2698||12-in.||January-April 1927||Gavroches||Bournemouth Municipal Orchestra ; Jean Gennin ; Pierre Gennin ; Dan Godfrey||Piccolo and flute duet, with orchestra||conductor|
|Columbia (U.K.)||WAX3569||12-in.||between March and May 1928||The two imps||W. W. Bennett ; Bournemouth Municipal Orchestra ; W. Bryne ; Dan Godfrey||Xylophone duet, with orchestra||conductor|
|Columbia (U.K.)||WAX3570||12-in.||between March and May 1928||Fluttering birds||Bournemouth Municipal Orchestra ; Jean Gennin ; Pierre Gennin ; Dan Godfrey||Piccolo duet, with orchestra||conductor|
|Columbia (U.K.)||WAX3572||12-in.||between March and May 1928||Overture||Bournemouth Municipal Orchestra ; Dan Godfrey||Orchestra||conductor|
|Columbia (U.K.)||WAX3573||12-in.||between March and May 1928||Overture||Bournemouth Municipal Orchestra ; Dan Godfrey||Orchestra||conductor|
|Columbia (U.K.)||WAX4471||12-in.||either December 1928 or January 1929||Echoes of the valley||Bournemouth Municipal Orchestra ; Jean Gennin ; Pierre Gennin ; Dan Godfrey||Flute duet, with orchestra||conductor|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Godfrey, Dan," accessed December 9, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105630.
Godfrey, Dan. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 9, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105630.
"Godfrey, Dan." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 9 December 2023.
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