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Jules Jordan

Julius "Jules" Jordan (November 10, 1850 - March 5, 1927) was an American composer, operatic tenor, vocal instructor and conductor.

Jordan took the leading part in two important American premieres: Berlioz's La' Damnation de Faust produced in 1880 at Steinway Hall, New York, under the direction of Leopold Damrosch, by the New York Oratorio Society in conjunction with the New York Arion Society and the Philharmonic Orchestra; and Gounod's "Redemption," produced in Boston in 1882 by the Boston Oratorio Society.

In 1880, he formed The Arion Club in Providence, RI., a mass choir that he conducted for more than 40 years. The activities of Jordan and the Arion Club cover a significant period of musical development in America, and Rhode Island shared in this activity with great interest. In a historical sense, the creation of the Arion Club was Jordan's most important contribution to Rhode Island music. Their performances included some of the greatest singers of the time including Melba and Lillian Nordica.

In 1895, Brown University conferred upon him the degree of Doctor of Music.

In 1897, The New York Times included him in a "Famous Conductors" article, adding "Mr. Jordan is a talented composer, and many of his songs have attained widespread popularity." Jordan's most notable works include his musical setting of Whittier's poem, Barbara Frietchie, his dramatic scene, Jael, debuted by Lillian Nordica, and his opera, Rip Van Winkle.

His twin brother, Julian Jordan was also a composer and singer.

Birth and Death Data: Born November 10th, 1850 (Willimantic), Died March 5th, 1927 (Providence)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1903 - 1923

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, lyricist, speaker

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-635 10-in. 11/6/1903 The song that reached my heart Miss Pumphrey Female vocal solo, with piano composer, lyricist  
Victor C-4861 12-in. 10/7/1907 Love abiding Evan Williams Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-6614 10-in. 11/21/1908 The song that reached my heart Henry Evans [i.e., Evan Williams] Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist, composer  
Victor C-6614 12-in. 11/16/1917 The song that reached my heart (Home sweet home) Evan Williams Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor B-15591 10-in. 1/14/1915 Cohen's experience at the telephone Jules Jordan Monologue speaker  
Victor B-15592 10-in. 1/14/1915 Abraham Levi looking for a job Jules Jordan Monologue speaker  
Victor B-17412 10-in. 3/30/1916 A song of cheer Evan Williams Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 3313 10-in. ca. 1905-Jan. 1906 The song that reached my heart George Alexander Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Columbia 3630 10-in. Jan.-May 1907 Love abiding George Alexander Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 81357 10-in. 11/15/1923 The song that reached my heart Charles Hackett Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Edison 6829 10-in. 6/11/1919 The song that reached my heart (Home sweet home) Lewis James Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Jordan, Jules," accessed November 28, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109928.

Jordan, Jules. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 28, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109928.

"Jordan, Jules." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 28 November 2020.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109928

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