Robert Browne Hall
Robert Browne Hall (30 June 1858 Bowdoinham, Maine – 8 June 1907), usually known as R. B. Hall, was a leading composer of marches and other music for brass bands. A principal American composer of marching music, he was born in Bowdoinham, Maine and seldom left his native state during his lifetime, dying in Portland. His music though has traveled around the world. He is particularly popular in the United Kingdom, so much so that many lovers of brass band music there mistakenly imagine that Hall is an English composer. His celebrated march "Death or Glory", written in 1895 and dedicated to the Tenth Regiment Band in Albany, New York, is a well-known staple of brass band concerts and competitions all over the UK.
Hall was famous during his lifetime as a particularly fine player on the cornet and served for a time as conductor of the Bangor Band. As soloist, conductor, composer and teacher, Hall is still remembered in Maine. The last Saturday in June every year is officially Robert Browne Hall Day in the State of Maine.
Having suffered a stroke in 1902 from which he never recovered, he died in poverty in Portland as a result of nephritis five years later and was buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Richmond, Maine. His widow sold the manuscripts of many compositions. Unscrupulous publishers assembled and realized from fragments works they passed off as genuine Hall compositions.
Birth and Death Data: Born June 30th, 1858, Died June 8th, 1907 (Portland)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1901 - 1940
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 31 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||B-1133||10-in.||3/18/1904||Officer of the day||Arthur Pryor's Band||Band||composer|
|Victor||BVE-1133||10-in.||11/17/1925||Officer of the day||Arthur Pryor's Band||Band||composer|
|Victor||E-1662||8-in.||10/16/1907||Independentia march||Joseph Belmont||Whistling solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-1662||10-in.||8/5/1904||Independentia march||Joseph Belmont||Whistling solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-4402||10-in.||4/16/1907||New colonial march||Arthur Pryor's Band||Band||composer|
|Victor||E-4402||8-in.||4/17/1907||New colonial march||Arthur Pryor's Band||Band||composer|
|Victor||C-12818||12-in.||1/20/1913||Officer of the day march||Victor Military Band||Band||composer|
|Victor||B-14938||10-in.||6/8/1914||Gardes du Corps march||Arthur Pryor's Band||Band||composer|
|Victor||B-15611||10-in.||1/19/1915||De Molay commandery||Victor Military Band||Band||composer|
|Victor||B-16514||10-in.||9/20/1915||Tenth Regiment march||Conway's Band||Band||composer|
|Victor||BVE-17347||10-in.||12/10/1926||Tenth Regiment march||Victor Band||Band||composer|
|Victor||B-17347||10-in.||3/21/1916||Tenth Regiment march||Victor Military Band||Band||composer|
|Victor||BS-84145||10-in.||8/30/1934||Officer of the day||Bluebird Military Band||Band||composer|
|Victor||PBS-026147||10-in.||9/21/1938||Come join the band (Stanford University)||Frank Hubbell Male Quartet||Band, with male vocal quartet||composer|
|Victor||BS-026816||10-in.||9/7/1938||Officer of the day march||Goldman Band||Band||composer|
|Victor||BS-054647||10-in.||7/25/1940||Come, join the band||All-American Glee Club ; Emile Coté||Male vocal chorus||composer|
|Columbia||229||10-in.||ca. 1901||Independentia march||Joseph Belmont||Whistling solo, with piano||composer|
|Columbia||229||7-in.||ca. 1901-Oct. 1905||Independentia march||Joseph Belmont||Whistling solo, with piano||composer|
|Columbia||1010||10-in.||ca. 1902||The new colonial march||Columbia Band||Band||composer|
|Columbia||1010||7-in.||ca. 1902||The new colonial march||Columbia Band||Band||composer|
|Columbia||19277||10-in.||3/29/1911||De Molay commandery||Prince's Band||Band||composer|
|Columbia||46117||10-in.||10/16/1915||New colonial march||Prince's Band||Band||composer|
|Columbia||77906||10-in.||6/20/1918||De Molay commandery march||Naval Reserve Band||Band||composer|
|Columbia||79230||10-in.||6/9/1920||Officer of the day||U.S. Naval Academy Band||Band||composer|
|OKeh||346||10-in.||ca. Sept. 1918||New colonial march||OKeh Military Band||Band||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Hall, Robert Browne," accessed May 9, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109298.
Hall, Robert Browne. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 9, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109298.
"Hall, Robert Browne." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 9 May 2021.
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