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Richard Storrs Willis

Richard Storrs Willis (February 10, 1819 – May 10, 1900) was an American composer, mainly of hymn music. His best known melody is probably the one called, simply, Carol. This is the standard tune, in the United States, though not in Great Britain, of the much-loved hymn "It Came Upon the Midnight Clear" (1850), with lyrics by Edmund Sears. He was also a music critic and journal editor.

Birth and Death Data: Born February 10th, 1819 (Boston), Died May 7th, 1900

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1904 - 1938

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-1731 10-in. 10/4/1904 Jesus Christ the Son Haydn Quartet Male vocal quartet, with organ composer  
Victor A-1731 7-in. 10/4/1904 Jesus Christ the Son Haydn Quartet Male vocal quartet, with organ composer  
Victor C-15262 12-in. 10/7/1914 It came upon the midnight clear Victor Oratorio Chorus Vocal chorus, with orchestra composer  
Victor CVE-15262 12-in. 8/27/1926 It came upon the midnight clear Trinity Choir Chorus, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-20645 10-in. 9/6/1917 Christmas hymns selection Francis J. Lapitino Harp solo composer  
Victor BVE-20645 10-in. 10/13/1925 Christmas hymns selection Francis J. Lapitino Harp solo composer  
Victor C-31196 12-in. 11/20/1924 Jul glädje (Christmas joy) George Hultgren ; Gustav F. Johnson Sermon and male vocal solo, with organ and chimes composer  
Victor BS-75067 10-in. 2/9/1933 Songs for children (Hymns) Elsie Baker ; Myrtle C. Eaver ; Olive Kline ; Lambert Murphy ; Elliott Shaw Mixed vocal quartet, with piano composer  
Victor PBS-09061 10-in. 12/2/1936 It came upon the midnight clear Homer Hall Glee Club Male vocal chorus, with electric organ and celeste composer  
Victor BS-026904 10-in. 9/8/1938 It came upon the midnight clear Lewis White Mixed vocal chorus, with violin, organ, and harp composer  
Columbia 81178 10-in. 8/15/1923 It came upon the midnight clear Criterion Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra composer  
Columbia W144656 10-in. 9/10/1927 It came upon the midnight clear American Singers Male vocal quartet, with instrumental quartet composer  
Brunswick 6440-6442 10-in. approximately Sept. 1921 It came upon the midnight clear Cathedral Choir Male vocal chorus, with orchestra composer  
Brunswick E20087-E20089 10-in. 9/11/1926 It came upon the midnight clear Cathedral Choir Male vocal chorus, with orchestra composer  
Edison 4133 10-in. 9/21/1915 It came upon the midnight clear The Carol Singers Mixed vocal chorus, with orchestra composer  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Willis, Richard Storrs," accessed August 4, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110079.

Willis, Richard Storrs. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 4, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110079.

"Willis, Richard Storrs." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 4 August 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110079

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