Harry Rowe Shelley
Harry Rowe Shelley (June 8, 1858 – September 12, 1947) was an American composer, organist (church and concert), and professor of music. Born in New Haven, Connecticut, Shelley studied with Gustave J. Stoeckel at Yale College, Dudley Buck, Max (Wilhelm Carl) Vogrich, and Antonín Dvořák in New York, and completed his musical education in London and Paris. According to his New York Times obituary, Shelley "penned church music that won him wide popularity. For sixty years a host of English-speaking peoples throughout the world sang his hymns."
Shelley attended Hopkins Grammar School in New Haven, Connecticut and at fourteen played the organ at Center Church on the Green in New Haven. Although he entered Yale, he did not complete his freshman year. Shelley was organist at the Church of the Pilgrims during the ministry of Henry Ward Beecher and played at his funeral. Shelley died at age 89 in Short Beach, Connecticut.
Among his works are two symphonies; a symphonic poem: The Crusaders; a suite for orchestra: Souvenir de Baden-Baden; sacred cantatas: Vexilla Regis (1893);The Inheritance Divine (1895); Death and Life (1898); a violin concerto; an opera: Leila (manuscript); anthems: The King of Love My Shepherd Is (1886); Hark!, Hark, My Soul (1887); an arrangement for Harriet Beecher Stowe's poem Still, Still with Thee (1930); and other songs and organ pieces. He also composed the Santa Claus Overture; and Lochinvar's Ride (1915).
This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Gilman, D. C.; Peck, H. T.; Colby, F. M., eds. (1905). New International Encyclopedia (1st ed.). New York: Dodd, Mead.
Birth and Death Data: Born 1858
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1894 - 1929
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, lyricist
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 45 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Berliner||356||7-in.||Before 1895||Love’s sorrow||Soprano vocalist(s) (unidentified; Berliner Gramophone Records)||Female vocal solo||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix A-]1502||7-in.||7/24/1902||The resurrection||Herbert Goddard||Baritone vocal solo, with piano||composer|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix B-]1502||10-in.||7/24/1902||The resurrection||Herbert Goddard||Baritone vocal solo, with piano||composer|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix B-]3399||10-in.||5/24/1901||Love's sorrow||Herbert Goddard||Baritone vocal solo||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||A-1463||7-in.||6/9/1904||Resurrection||Herbert Goddard||Baritone vocal solo, with piano||composer|
|Victor||B-1463||10-in.||6/9/1904||Resurrection||Herbert Goddard||Baritone vocal solo, with piano||composer|
|Victor||B-3943||10-in.||10/30/1906||God is love||Lyric Quartet||Mixed vocal quartet, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||C-4194||12-in.||1/22/1907||Resurrection||Elise Stevenson||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||C-5059||12-in.||2/5/1908||Saviour, when night involves the skies||Trinity Choir||Mixed vocal quartet, with orchestra||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||C-8896||12-in.||4/26/1910||Love's sorrow||George Hamlin||Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||B-9851||10-in.||1/25/1911||Love's sorrow||Reinald Werrenrath||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||C-11171||12-in.||11/2/1911||Love's sorrow||Florence Hinkle||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||C-13069||12-in.||4/2/1913||Love's sorrow||Marcella Sembrich||Soprano vocal solo, with piano||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||B-13607||10-in.||7/18/1913||Dreaming||Miss Babcock ; Harriette Keyes ; Allie Thomas||Female vocal trio, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||C-15053||12-in.||7/10/1914||Love's sorrow||Florence Hinkle||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||B-19307||10-in.||2/21/1917||The resurrection||Albert Wiederhold||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||C-24600||12-in.||9/23/1920||Saviour, when night involves the skies||Trinity Choir [i.e., Victor Light Opera Company]||Vocal chorus||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||B-25545||10-in.||9/1/1921||De coppah moon||Criterion Quartet||Male vocal quartet, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||C-26138||12-in.||2/28/1922||Love's sorrow||Hulda Lashanska||Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra and harp||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||B-26138||10-in.||8/24/1922||Love's sorrow||Hulda Lashanska||Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||B-26871||10-in.||9/11/1922||De coppah moon||Criterion Quartet||Male vocal quartet, unaccompanied||composer|
|Victor||B-29420||10-in.||1/25/1924||Love's sorrow||Olive Kline||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||B-29875||10-in.||4/11/1924||Love's sorrow||Rosa Ponselle||Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||CVE-34774||12-in.||4/13/1926||The king of love my shepherd is||Mixed Quartet||Mixed vocal quartet, with pipe organ||composer|
|Victor||CVE-50617||12-in.||2/21/1929||The king of love my shepherd is||Trinity Choir||Mixed vocal chorus and soloists, with pipe organ||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Shelley, Harry Rowe," accessed October 20, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105918.
Shelley, Harry Rowe. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 20, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105918.
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