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 101-125 of 170 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Brunswick||X10073-X10076||12-in.||3/8/1923||Merry wives of Windsor : Overture||Capitol Grand Orchestra ; Erno Rapée||Orchestra||conductor|
|Brunswick||X10077-X10079||12-in.||3/8/1923||Prelude to Act 1||Capitol Grand Orchestra ; Erno Rapée||Orchestra||conductor|
|Brunswick||X10590-X10592||12-in.||5/9/1923||Overture||Capitol Grand Orchestra ; Erno Rapée||Orchestra||conductor|
|Brunswick||10602-10604||10-in.||5/10/1923||Capitol march||Capitol Grand Orchestra||Orchestra||conductor|
|Brunswick||X10605-X10608||12-in.||5/10/1923||Wedding march||Capitol Grand Orchestra ; Erno Rapée||Orchestra||conductor|
|Brunswick||10774-10776||10-in.||5/31/1923||Ballet music||Capitol Grand Orchestra||Orchestra||conductor|
|Brunswick||10777-10780||10-in.||5/31/1923||Ballet music||Capitol Grand Orchestra||Orchestra||conductor|
|Brunswick||X10790-X10792||12-in.||6/2/1923||Oberon : Overture||Capitol Grand Orchestra ; Erno Rapée||Orchestra||conductor|
|Brunswick||X10793-X10795||12-in.||6/2/1923||Oberon : Overture||Capitol Grand Orchestra ; Erno Rapée||Orchestra||conductor|
|Brunswick||X10930-X10932||12-in.||6/26/1923||Ballet music : Cleopatra and the golden cup||Capitol Grand Orchestra ; Erno Rapée||Orchestra||conductor|
|Brunswick||X10933-X10935||12-in.||6/26/1923||Faust : Ballet music||Capitol Grand Orchestra ; Erno Rapée||Orchestra||conductor|
|Brunswick||X10943-X10945||12-in.||6/27/1923||Ballet music : Dance of the Trojan maidens||Capitol Grand Orchestra ; Erno Rapée||Orchestra||conductor|
|Brunswick||X10946-X10948||12-in.||6/27/1923||Faust : Ballet music||Capitol Grand Orchestra ; Erno Rapée||Orchestra||conductor|
|Brunswick||C2067||10-in.||7/17/1928||Sorry for me||Les Backer||Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||composer|
|Brunswick||C2159||10-in.||7/30/1928||My angel||Leon Bloom United Artists Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Brunswick||C2239||10-in.||8/16/1928||Angela mia||Salerno Trio||Instrumental trio, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Brunswick||C2244||10-in.||8/17/1928||My angel||Les Backer||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Brunswick||C1116-C1119||10-in.||9/5/1927||Charmaine||Abe Lyman’s California Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take C1119)||composer|
|Brunswick||C1507-C1508||10-in.||1/15/1928||Charmaine!||Allen McQuhae||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Brunswick||LAE272||10-in.||9/17/1928||Angela mia||Frank J. McGanney||Male vocal solo||composer|
|Brunswick||Test C-37||10-in.||9/27/1924||Capitol march||Capitol Grand Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Brunswick||[Br (U.K.) cat 140-a]||10-in.||approximately Oct. 1927||(I’m in heaven when I see you smile) Diane||Florence De Yong||Organ solo||songwriter|
|Brunswick||[Br (U.K.) cat 143-a]||10-in.||approximately Dec. 1927||I’m in heaven when I see you smile (Diane)||Fred Elizalde Music||Jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Brunswick||E23724||10-in.||6/22/1927||Charmaine||Lew White||Organ solo, with violin obligato||composer|
|Brunswick||E27423||10-in.||4/25/1928||My angel||Scrappy Lambert||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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