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James Francis Cooke

James Francis Cooke (November 14, 1875, Bay City, Michigan – March 3, 1960, Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania) spent his life involved with music. He was a pianist, composer, playwright, journalist, author (including novels and of books on musical history and theory), a president of Theodore Presser music publishers from 1925 to 1936, and editor of The Etude music magazine from 1907 to 1950, or 1913 to 1956. He taught piano for more than twenty years in New York, led choral clubs and taught voice. He also gave music-topic lectures.

His work was in the field of music education, and he was the president of the Philadelphia Music Teacher's Association for seven years. He was president of the Presser Foundation for 38 years. He was also a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, the Union League and the Sons of the American Revolution.

Birth and Death Data: Born November 14, 1875 (Bay City), Died March 3, 1960 (Bala Cynwyd)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1921 - 1929

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, lyricist

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Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-25550 10-in. 9/7/1921 Ol' Car'lina Amelita Galli-Curci Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-34923 10-in. 3/1/1926 The Angelus Elsie Baker Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-57858 10-in. 12/12/1929 Sea gardens Rosario Bourdon ; Victor Symphonic Band Orchestra composer  
Columbia 79641 10-in. 1/18/1921 Ol' Car'lina Columbia Stellar Quartette ; Oscar Seagle Baritone vocal solo and male vocal quartet, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Columbia 81821 10-in. 6/11/1924 Angelus Barbara Maurel Mezzo-soprano vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Brunswick 8203-8204 10-in. approximately June 1922 Ol' Car'lina Marie Tiffany Female vocal solo, with male vocal trio and orchestra composer, lyricist  
Brunswick E27324 10-in. 4/10/1928 Ol’ Car’lina Marie Tiffany Female vocal solo, with male vocal trio and orchestra composer, lyricist  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Cooke, James Francis," accessed May 27, 2024,

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"Cooke, James Francis." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 27 May 2024.

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