Ernö Rapée (or Erno Rapee) (4 June 1891 – 26 June 1945) was an Estonian-born American symphonic conductor in the first half of the 20th Century whose prolific career spanned both classical and popular music. His most famous tenure was as the head conductor of the Radio City Symphony Orchestra, the resident orchestra of the Radio City Music Hall, whose music was also heard by millions over the air.
A virtuoso pianist, Rapée is also remembered for popular songs that he wrote in the late 1920s as photoplay music for silent films. When not conducting live orchestras, he supervised film scores for sound pictures, compiling a substantial list of films on which he worked as composer, arranger or musical director.
Birth and Death Data: Born June 4th, 1891 (Budapest), Died June 26th, 1945 (New York City)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1922 - 1954
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, conductor, songwriter, piano, arranger, lyricist
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 170 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||B-27175||10-in.||11/23/1922||Song of the soul||Jasha Bunchuk||Cello solo, with piano||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||B-27804||10-in.||4/5/1923||Spring song||Jasha Bunchuk||Cello solo, with piano||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||B-29617||10-in.||3/4/1924||When love comes stealing||Lewis James||Male vocal solo, with cello and orchestra||songwriter|
|Victor||BVE-37724||10-in.||1/14/1927||Charmaine!||Lewis James||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BVE-39108||10-in.||8/24/1927||Charmaine||Victor Salon Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BVE-39644||10-in.||7/11/1927||Charmaine!||B.F. Goodrich Silvertown Cord Orchestra ; Joseph M. Knecht||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BVE-40136||10-in.||9/29/1927||Diane (I'm in heaven when I see you smile)||Franklyn Baur||Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||songwriter|
|Victor||BVE-40158||10-in.||10/7/1927||Diane (I'm in heaven when I see you smile)||The Troubadours||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal chorus||songwriter|
|Victor||BVE-40763||10-in.||12/13/1927||Diane (I'm in heaven when I see you smile)||Jesse Crawford||Pipe organ solo||composer|
|Victor||BVE-41084||10-in.||11/30/1927||Charmaine||Juan Pulido||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BVE-41189||10-in.||12/20/1927||Diane (I'm in heaven when I see you smile)||Melville Gideon||Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||composer|
|Victor||BVE-41602||10-in.||1/6/1928||Diane||Juan Pulido||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BVE-41628||10-in.||1/19/1928||Diane||Giulietta Morino||Violin solo, with guitar||composer|
|Victor||PBVE-42068||10-in.||3/6/1928||When love comes stealing||Van Fleming ; Herman Kenin Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BVE-42936||10-in.||9/10/1928||Angela mia||Tito Schipa||Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BVE-43106||10-in.||2/23/1928||Little mother||Victor Orchestra||Orchestra, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BVE-43330||10-in.||3/7/1928||Charmaine||Marimba Centro-Americana||Marimba band||composer|
|Victor||BVE-43340||10-in.||3/9/1928||When love comes stealing||Lewis James||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Victor||BVE-43348||10-in.||3/12/1928||Little mother||Franklyn Baur||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BVE-43661||10-in.||4/21/1928||My angel||Paul Whiteman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio||composer|
|Victor||BAVE-44357||10-in.||Spring 1929||Charmaine||Alberto Vila||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BAVE-44448||10-in.||Winter 1929||Ángela mía||Alberto Vila||Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||composer|
|Victor||BVE-45384||10-in.||6/15/1928||Mütterchen||Sascha Corado ; Wilhelm Wittich||Male vocal duet, with instrumental trio||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Rapée, Erno," accessed April 12, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110168.
Rapée, Erno. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 12, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110168.
"Rapée, Erno." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 12 April 2021.
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