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 126-150 of 170 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Brunswick||E27429||10-in.||4/26/1928||Little mother||Lew White||Organ solo, with instrumental quartet||composer|
|Brunswick||E27433||10-in.||4/26/1928||My angel||Casa Lopez Orchestra ; Lewis James ; Vincent Lopez||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G)||composer|
|Brunswick||E27675||10-in.||6/8/1928||My angel||Lew White||Organ solo||composer|
|Brunswick||E27676||10-in.||6/8/1928||Angela mia||Lew White||Organ solo||composer|
|Brunswick||E27955||10-in.||8/2/1928||Someday somewhere (We'll meet again)||Nick Lucas||Male vocal solo, with guitar and organ||composer|
|Brunswick||E27983||10-in.||8/6/1928||Someday, somewhere (We'll meet again)||Regent Club Orchestra ; Eddy Thomas||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G)||composer|
|Brunswick||E28202||10-in.||9/12/1928||Angelia mia||Melody Makers||Jazz/dance band, with vocal||composer|
|Brunswick||E28206||10-in.||9/12/1928||Angela mia||José Moriche||Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||composer|
|Brunswick||E28532||10-in.||10/10/1928||Angela mia||Gilda Mignonette||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Brunswick||E28638||10-in.||approximately Nov. 1928||When love comes stealing||The Dixieland Serenaders||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Brunswick||E29033||10-in.||1/9/1929||Little mother||Brunswick Concert Orchestra||Orchestra||songwriter|
|Brunswick||E29331||10-in.||Feb.1929||I found happiness (When I found you)||The Eight Radio Stars||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G)||composer|
|Brunswick||E24523-E24525||10-in.||9/23/1927||Charmaine||Blackstone Trio||Instrumental trio||composer|
|Brunswick||E24823-E24826||10-in.||10/20/1927||I’m in heaven when I see you smile—Diane||Regent Club Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and female vocal effects; without vocal (take E24826)||songwriter|
|Brunswick||E24873-E24875||10-in.||10/22/1927||Diane (I’m in heaven when I see you smile)||John Charles Thomas||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Brunswick||E25270-E25271||10-in.||11/23/1927||Diane (I’m in heaven when I see you smile)||Blackstone Trio||Instrumental trio||songwriter|
|Brunswick||E25410-E25411½||10-in.||12/3/1927||Diane (I’m in heaven when I see you smile)||Lee Sims||Piano solo||songwriter|
|Brunswick||E25806-E25807||10-in.||12/29/1927||Charmaine||Irving Kaufman||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Brunswick||E26415-E26417||10-in.||2/7/1928||When love comes stealing||Regent Club Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (E26417)||songwriter|
|Brunswick||E27125-E27126||10-in.||3/26/1928||Little mother||Vaughn De Leath||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Brunswick||E27216-E27217||10-in.||3/30/1928||Mütterchen||Manhattan Male Quartette||Male vocal quartet||composer|
|Brunswick||E30382-E30383||10-in.||7/25/1929||Recollections||Regent Club Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with vocal; without vocal (take G)||composer|
|Edison||11698||10-in.||5/13/1927||Charmaine!||Joe Green Novelty Marimba Band||Marimba band||composer|
|Edison||11941||10-in.||10/7/1927||I'm in heaven when I see you smile, Diane||Theo Alban ; Jack Stillman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Edison||18015||10-in.||11/7/1927||I'm in heaven when I see you smile, Diane||The Rollickers [Edison]||Male vocal quartet, with piano||songwriter|
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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