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
|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|
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.
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