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, Died 1947
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1894 - 1929
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, lyricist
Recordings (Results 26-45 of 45 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||CVE-53762||12-in.||5/29/1929||Saviour, when night involves the skies||Elliott Shaw ; Trinity Choir||Mixed vocal chorus and soloist, with pipe organ||composer|
|Victor||BVE-53763||10-in.||5/29/1929||God is love||James Stanley ; Trinity Choir||Mixed vocal chorus and soloist, with pipe organ||composer|
|Victor||[Trial 1913-05-23-04]||Not documented||5/23/1913||Love's sorrow||Mr. McGlinn||Male vocal solo, with piano||composer|
|Victor||[Trial 1915-11-19-01]||Not documented||11/19/1915||Love's sorrow||Gertrude Kastholm||Female vocal solo, with piano||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||[Trial 1925-05-27-01]||12-in.||5/27/1925||De copper moon||Philadelphia Male Quartet||Male vocal quartet, with piano||composer|
|Victor||[Trial 1925-11-23-01]||10-in.||11/23/1925||De coppah moon||Pennsylvania Male Quartet||Male vocal quartet||composer|
|Columbia||1670||7-in.||ca. 1903-Oct. 1905||Love's sorrow||George Alexander||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer, lyricist|
|Columbia||1670||10-in.||ca. 1903||Love's sorrow||George Alexander||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer, lyricist|
|Columbia||3204||10-in.||ca. Jan.-Sept. 1905||The resurrection||Claude A. Cunningham||Male vocal solo, with organ||composer, lyricist|
|Columbia||4772||10-in.||ca. 1910||Love's sorrow||Inez Barbour||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist, composer|
|Columbia||46355||10-in.||1/20/1916||The resurrection||Albert Wiederhold||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||48642||12-in.||3/21/1916||Love's sorrow||Helen Stanley||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||composer, lyricist|
|OKeh||S-70893||10-in.||Oct. 1922||Liebesleid||William Ringele||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Brunswick||971||10-in.||approximately mid-1917||Hark, hark, my soul||Mixed vocal quartet (unidentified; Brunswick Records)||Mixed vocal quartet, with orchestra||composer|
|Brunswick||[Br cat 5135-a]||10-in.||approximately Aug. 1917||Christian, the morn breaks sweetly o'er||Mixed vocal quartet (unidentified; Brunswick Records)||Mixed vocal quartet||composer|
|Edison||2790||10-in.||Jan.-Feb. 1914||Love's sorrow||Venetian Instrumental Quartet||Instrumental quartet||composer|
|Edison||3020||10-in.||May 1914||Love's sorrow||Emory B. Randolph||Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra||composer, lyricist|
|Edison||5568||10-in.||5/17/1917||Love's sorrow||George Hamlin||Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra||composer, lyricist|
|Edison||5586||10-in.||5/28/1917||Love's sorrow||Florence Ferrell||Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra||composer, lyricist|
|Edison||6966||10-in.||10/8/1919||Love's sorrow||Carolina Lazzari||Contralto vocal solo, with orchestra||composer, lyricist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Shelley, Harry Rowe," accessed October 17, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105918.
Shelley, Harry Rowe. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 17, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105918.
"Shelley, Harry Rowe." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 17 October 2021.
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