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Alfred H. Pease

Alfred Humphreys Pease (May 6, 1838 in Cleveland, Ohio – July 12, 1882 in St. Louis, Missouri), studied at Kenyon College and later in Germany under music professors Theodor Kullak, Richard Wüerst, Wilhelm Wieprecht, and Hans von Bülow.

Pease was a popular composer and pianist in the 19th century. His earliest song (1864) "Break, break break" was one of the most popular tunes of the time, performed throughout the United States and Europe by some of the foremost musicians of the day. His orchestral compositions include "Riveiere arid Andante," "Andante and Scherzo," "Romanze," and "Concerto," all of which were performed by Theodore Thomas's orchestra in New York and other cities.

Birth and Death Data: Born May 6th, 1838 (Cleveland), Died July 13th, 1882 (St. Louis)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1925

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia 90148 10-in. between 1918 and 1925 Believe me, if all those endearing young charms Columbia Band Band composer  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Pease, Alfred H. (Alfred Humphries)," accessed November 30, 2020,

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"Pease, Alfred H. (Alfred Humphries)." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 30 November 2020.

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