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 51-75 of 170 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Columbia||W144324||10-in.||6/13/1927||Charmaine!||Guy Lombardo ; Royal Canadians ; Weston Vaughn||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Columbia||W144653||10-in.||9/9/1927||Charmaine!||Franklyn Baur||Male vocal solo, with instrumental quartet||composer|
|Columbia||W144737||10-in.||10/5/1927||Diane||Elmer Herling||Male vocal solo, with violin and piano||songwriter|
|Columbia||W144839||10-in.||10/8/1927||Diane||Hurtado Brothers Marimba Orchestra||Marimba band||songwriter|
|Columbia||144870||10-in.||10/17/1927||Diane||Andy Sannella All Star Trio||Instrumental trio, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Columbia||W144966||10-in.||11/10/1927||Diane||James Melton||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Columbia||W145706||10-in.||3/1/1928||When love comes stealing||James Melton||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Columbia||145710||10-in.||3/2/1928||Little mother||Bar Harbor Society Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Columbia||W145714||10-in.||3/2/1928||Little mother||Lewis James ; Elliott Shaw||Male vocal duet, with violin, cello, and piano||songwriter|
|Columbia||W145939||10-in.||4/2/1928||Little mother||Paul Roberts||Male vocal solo, with vocal trio||composer|
|Columbia||146277||10-in.||4/26/1928||My angel||The Harmonians||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Columbia||W146309||10-in.||5/19/1928||My angel||Eddy's Hawaiian Serenaders||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Columbia||W146563||10-in.||6/20/1928||My angel||James Melton||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||146745||10-in.||7/18/1928||Someday, somewhere (We'll meet again)||Bar Harbor Society Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Columbia||146837||10-in.||8/14/1928||Angela mia||Henry Therrein||Male vocal solo, with instrumental trio||composer|
|Columbia||W146975||10-in.||9/10/1928||Angela mia||Emil Velazco||Pipe organ solo||composer|
|Columbia||[W]146979||10-in.||9/11/1928||Someday, somewhere (We'll meet again)||Clyde Dunn||Male vocal solo, with instrumental quartet||composer|
|Columbia||W147036||10-in.||9/25/1928||Someday, somewhere (We'll meet again)||Ben Selvin and his Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Columbia||147063||10-in.||9/25/1928||When love comes stealing||Jimmy McHugh's Bostonians ; Tommy Weir||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Columbia||W147098||10-in.||10/2/1928||Angela mia||Harold Leonard||Violin solo, with piano||composer|
|Columbia||147155||10-in.||10/24/1928||Marion||Bar Harbor Society Orchestra ; Irving Kaufman||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Columbia||W147391||10-in.||11/5/1928||Marion||Columbians||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Columbia||W147742||10-in.||1/2/1929||I found happiness (When I found you)||Pete Woolery||Male vocal solo, with instrumental trio||composer|
|Columbia||W148852||10-in.||7/25/1929||Recollections||The Cavaliers||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Columbia||W96751||10-in.||September 1928||Angela mia||Adolfo Utrera||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Rapée, Erno," accessed May 11, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110168.
Rapée, Erno. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 11, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110168.
"Rapée, Erno." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 11 May 2021.
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