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 151-170 of 170 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Edison||18203||10-in.||1/30/1928||When love comes stealing||Jack Stillman Orchestra ; The Rollickers||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal quartet||songwriter|
|Edison||18313||10-in.||3/19/1928||Little mother||Happy Jack ; Jack Stillman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Edison||18514||10-in.||5/18/1928||My angel||Victor Hall||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Edison||18732||10-in.||9/17/1928||My angel||Harry Akst ; Buddy Sheppard||Violin solo, with piano||composer|
|Edison||18780||10-in.||10/4/1928||My angel||Henrietta Kamern||Organ solo||composer|
|Edison||19295||10-in.||7/15/1929||Recollections||Jack Stillman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Edison||N-437||12-in.||9/17/1928||My angel||Harry Akst ; Buddy Sheppard||Violin solo, with piano||composer|
|Edison||N-1019||10-in.||7/15/1929||Recollections||Jack Stillman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor (Canada)||[ViC cat 263515-A]||10-in.||Winter 1928||Charmaine||Hector Pellerin||Male vocal solo, with violin, cello, and piano||composer|
|Vocalion||E6833-E6834||10-in.||1/11/1928||Diane (I'm in heaven when I see you smile)||Richard Green||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Decca||72818||10-in.||4/13/1945||Ombra mai fu||Radio City Music Hall Orchestra||conductor|
|Decca||72819||10-in.||4/13/1945||Play gypsies, dance gypsies||Radio City Music Hall Orchestra||conductor|
|Decca||72820||10-in.||4/13/1945||Tinkle tot ; Doll dance||Radio City Music Hall Orchestra||conductor|
|Decca||72824||10-in.||4/16/1945||Dance of the hours, part 1||Radio City Music Hall Orchestra||conductor|
|Decca||72825||10-in.||4/16/1945||Dance of the hours, part 2||Radio City Music Hall Orchestra||conductor|
|Decca||72826||10-in.||4/16/1945||Parade of the wooden soldiers||Radio City Music Hall Orchestra||conductor|
|Decca||73281||1/17/1946||Overture-Orpheus in Hades||Radio City Music Hall Orchestra||conductor|
|Decca||73282||1/17/1946||Aragonaise: Entr'acte/Prelude||Radio City Music Hall Orchestra||conductor|
|Decca||73283||1/17/1946||Song of India||Radio City Music Hall Orchestra||conductor|
|Decca||73284||1/17/1946||Hymn to the sun||Radio City Music Hall Orchestra||conductor|
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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