Archibald Joyce (25 May 1873 – 22 March 1963) was an English light music composer known for his early waltzes.
He first came to prominence with the publication of his Waltz Songe d'Automne (1908) which fast became a hit. The piece is in a minor key, with the melody in a relatively low tenor register.
The following year he repeated this success with his Waltz Visions of Salome (1909) also in the same low-pitched minor-key style. He was billed by his publishers, Ascherberg Hopwood and Crew, as the "English Waltz King".
His music was immensely popular with dance orchestras of the period together with amateur pianists. The piano solo sheet music for his waltzes sold in very large quantities in the UK. He continued primarily with his distinctive waltzes until the start of the WW1 period. His other principal hits during this period were Dreaming waltz (1911), Charming and The Passing of Salome waltzes (1912), 1000 Kisses and Always Gay waltzes (1913) and Remembrance waltz (1914).
He co-wrote the musical Toto with Merlin Morgan (musical director of Daly's Theatre in London). After a try-out in Plymouth it opened at London's Duke of York's Theatre on 19 April 1916. Despite good initial reviews it did not take off and was withdrawn after only 77 performances.
He was credited as conducting "the first modern dance band in Britain"; with it he recorded for HMV in 1912. He continued conducting his own orchestra for a number of years until the early 1920s. During the early 1920s, his orchestras recorded material for the Aeolian Company's Vocalion Records label in London. He had recorded for the Gramophone Company HMV-label in London as early as 1912 previously.
His music was familiar worldwide during its period. His waltz "Dreaming" was provided with lyrics by Earl Carroll and introduced in the US by Miss Kitty Gordon in Oliver Morosco's comedy with music, Pretty Mrs Smith (1913). "Songe d'Automne" ("Autumn Dream") and "1000 Kisses" were incorporated into Charlie Chaplin's latter-day sound track added to his The Gold Rush. In the US a conventional method of gaining public exposure for a song was to arrange to have it included a revue: in this way Joyce's "Vision of Salome" (1909) was included in Florenz Ziegfeld Jr.'s Follies of 1910.
Harold Bride's recollection that the orchestra was playing "Autumn" as the RMS Titanic foundered in 1912 has led to speculation by Walter Lord that he was in fact referring to Songe d'Automne, which was part of the repertory of the White Star Line orchestras and with which he would undoubtedly been familiar.
After the early 1920s, there was a small trickle of material for many years. His last composition of any note is his Bohemia - concert waltz for piano (1942) which finishes off his career with a hefty hat-tip to both the waltz and to the piano which effectively made him.
The music of Joyce has been transcribed for the balalaika and is still recorded in Russia.
Birth and Death Data: Born 1873, Died March 22nd, 1963
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1909 - 1936
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, conductor
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 34 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||B-9467||10-in.||9/20/1910||Vision of Salome||Arthur Pryor's Band||Band||composer|
|Victor||C-10112||12-in.||3/30/1911||A vision of Salome||Vessella's Italian Band||Band||composer|
|Victor||C-13094||12-in.||4/8/1913||Dreaming||Victor Military Band||Band||composer|
|Victor||C-14596||12-in.||3/20/1914||Passing of Salome||United States Marine Band||Band||composer|
|Victor||C-14791||12-in.||5/4/1914||The passing of Salome||Victor Military Band||Band||composer|
|Victor||B-22694||10-in.||4/17/1919||Jesienne marzenia||Józef Kallini||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-25021||10-in.||3/22/1921||Love and life in Holland||Harry Wisser||Accordion solo||composer|
|Victor||B-26829||10-in.||8/15/1922||Vision of Salome||Pietro||Accordion solo||composer|
|Victor||B-29908||10-in.||4/18/1924||A thousand kisses (Waltz)||International Novelty Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BVE-39603||10-in.||6/28/1927||Dream of autumn||Jos. Szigeti Hungarian Orchestra||Instrumental ensemble||composer|
|Victor||BVE-46106||10-in.||6/21/1928||Vision of Salome||Victor Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BVE-49061||10-in.||1/15/1929||Song d'automne||Motion Picture Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BS-75219||10-in.||2/14/1933||Vision of Salome||Isham Jones Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||LBS-75220||10-in. (33-1/3 rpm)||2/14/1933||Vision of Salome||Isham Jones Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||BAVE-93185||10-in.||May 1936||Charming||Feliciano Brunelli Orquesta Característica||Instrumental ensemble||composer|
|Victor||[Trial 1917-11-19-04]||Not documented||11/19/1917||Charming||Earl Fuller's Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Columbia||78271||10-in.||1/24/1919||Aloma||Jockers Brothers||Violin and piano duet||composer|
|Columbia||30345||12-in.||1/31/1910||Vision of Salome||Prince's Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||36822||12-in.||ca. 1913||Dreaming||Prince's Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||37092||12-in.||ca. 1914||Passing of Salome||Joan Sawyer's Persian Garden Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||49004||12-in.||11/20/1916||Charming||Prince's Orchestra ; G. Hepburn Wilson||Orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||6826||12-in.||approximately May 1916||I take after your father||Mabel Russell||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Brunswick||[Br (U.K.) cat 140-b]||10-in.||approximately Oct. 1927||Remembrance||Florence De Yong||Organ solo||composer|
|Brunswick||E29760||10-in.||May 1929||A thousand kisses||Brunswick Concert Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Joyce, Archibald," accessed July 24, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106831.
Joyce, Archibald. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 24, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106831.
"Joyce, Archibald." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 24 July 2021.
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