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.

Positions held

  • 1878–1881 — Organist, Church of the Pilgrims, Brooklyn
  • 1881–1887 — Organist, Plymouth Church (same)
  • 1887–1899 — Organist, Church of the Pilgrims
  • 1899–1914 — Organist, Fifth Avenue Baptist Church, New York, which later became Park Avenue Baptist and eventually Riverside Church
  • 1915–1936 — Organist, Central Congregational Church, Brooklyn
  • Faculty member, American Institute of Applied Music

Selected compositions

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).

Honors

  • 1898 — Elected to membership in the National Institute of Arts and Letters

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  
(Results 26-45 of 45 records)

Citation

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.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

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