Joseph Carl Breil
Joseph Carl Breil (29 June 1870 – 23 January 1926) was an American lyric tenor, stage director, composer and conductor. He was one of the earliest American composers to compose specific music for motion pictures. His first film was Les amours de la reine Élisabeth (1912) starring Sarah Bernhardt. He later composed and arranged scores for several other early motion pictures, including such epics as D. W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation (1915) and Intolerance (1916), as well as scoring the preview version of The Phantom of the Opera (1925), a score that is now lost. His love theme for "Birth of a Nation", titled "The Perfect Song", was published by Chappell & Co. in an arrangement for voice and keyboard. It was later used as the theme for the radio show "Amos and Andy".
Birth and Death Data: Born June 29, 1870 (Pittsburgh), Died January 23, 1926 (Los Angeles)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1909 - 1941
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer
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|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||B-8290||10-in.||10/8/1909||Song of the soul||Evan Williams||Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-8674||10-in.||3/2/1910||Song of the soul||Victor E. Sorlin||Cello solo, with piano||composer|
|Victor||C-9145||12-in.||6/29/1910||Song of the soul||Marguerite Dunlap||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-25728||10-in.||10/21/1921||Song of the soul||Rosario Bourdon||Cello solo, with piano||composer|
|Victor||B-27048||10-in.||10/23/1922||Song of the soul||Elsie Baker||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-27175||10-in.||11/23/1922||Song of the soul||Jasha Bunchuk||Cello solo, with piano||composer|
|Victor||BVE-57154||10-in.||11/18/1929||The perfect song||Nathaniel Shilkret ; Victor Salon Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BVE-59683||10-in.||4/9/1930||Song of the soul||Nathaniel Shilkret ; Victor Salon Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BS-019859||10-in.||2/23/1938||The perfect song||Guy Lombardo ; Royal Canadians||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Columbia||4326||10-in.||ca. Jan.-Apr. 1910||Song of the soul||Merle Alcock||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||[W]149761||10-in.||1/15/1930||The perfect song||The Danford Sisters ; Hotel Pennsylvania Music ; Jack Miller||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and female vocal duet||composer|
|Columbia||87431||10-in.||approximately May 1921||Egyptian dancer||Oriental Woodwind Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|OKeh||W403727||10-in.||2/4/1930||The perfect song||Tommy Bohn Penn-Sirens Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|OKeh||W403757||10-in.||2/14/1930||The perfect song||Seger Ellis||Male vocal solo, with violin, cello, and piano||composer|
|Brunswick||E30398||10-in.||July 1929||The perfect song||Brunswick Concert Orchestra||Orchestra, with vocal||composer|
|Brunswick||E35060||10-in.||Oct. 1930||The song of the soul||Vitaphone Orchestra ; Frederick Vittel||Male vocal solo, with orchestra; without vocal (2nd title)||composer|
|Edison||4287||10-in.||11/22/1915||Song of the soul||Blanche Duffield||Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Edison||4456||10-in.||1/31/1916||Song of the soul||Marie De Kyser||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Decca||69170||10-in.||5/9/1941||The perfect song||Jesse Crawford||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Breil, Joseph Carl," accessed August 13, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105961.
Breil, Joseph Carl. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 13, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105961.
"Breil, Joseph Carl." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 13 August 2022.
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