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John J. Braham

John Joseph Braham, Sr. (1847 – October 28, 1919) was an Anglo-American musical theater conductor and composer who introduced the works of Gilbert and Sullivan to the United States and composed some of the earliest original orchestral scores for silent film.

Braham emigrated from England to America as a child. As a teenager, he toured as a violinist. After this he became a conductor and music director at New York and Boston theatres. In 1879, he conducted the first American production of a Savoy opera, H.M.S. Pinafore and became associated with Gilbert and Sullivan works for the next decade. He also conducted a number of other musical theatre works and at music halls. In 1913 and 1914, he composed musical scores for silent films, including In the Land of the Head Hunters.

Birth and Death Data: Born January 1st, 1847, Died October 28th, 1919

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1914 - 1916

Roles Represented in DAHR: arranger


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-14649 10-in. 3/30/1914 Forget me not intermezzo Venetian Trio (Victor Records ensemble) Instrumental trio, with bells arranger  
Victor B-14932 10-in. 6/3/1914 Cavalleria rusticana : Intermezzo Florentine Quartet Instrumental quartet arranger  
Victor B-18561 10-in. 10/18/1916 Oh! dat watermelon Collins and Harlan Male vocal duet, with banjo and orchestra arranger  


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