George B. Nevin

George Balch Nevin (March 15, 1859 – April 17, 1933) was an American composer and businessman. A member of the Nevin musical family, his cousins were the composers Ethelbert and Arthur Nevin; his son, Gordon Balch Nevin, also became a composer.

Nevin was born in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, and spent most of his life in the town of Easton. His output consisted mainly of cantatas, and included such works as The Crown of Life and The Incarnation; he was also known for his setting of Sidney Lanier's poem "A Ballad of Trees and the Master", and wrote a number of hymns as well. For nearly thirty years, he ran a wholesale paper business in addition to composing.

Nevin was also a historian and lecturer, and would sometimes give lectures on subjects related to music history to local historical societies. Some of these have survived in manuscript form.

Nevin died in 1933.

Birth and Death Data: Born March 15th, 1859, Died April 17th, 1933

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1911 - 1928

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, arranger, lyricist

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-13173 10-in. 4/21/1913 The old refrain Lyric Quartet Mixed vocal quartet, with orchestra arranger  
Victor C-16222 12-in. 7/16/1915 Song of the armorer Victor Male Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra composer  
Victor C-17801 12-in. 6/21/1916 Blow trumpet, for the world is white with May Orpheus Quartet Male vocal quartet, with brass quartet composer  
Victor B-17801 10-in. 6/5/1916 Blow trumpet, for the world is white with May Orpheus Quartet Male vocal quartet, with French horns composer  
Victor B-18140 10-in. 7/21/1916 My bonnie lass she smileth Lyric Quartet Mixed vocal quartet, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-18346 10-in. 9/11/1916 Some blessed day Imperial Quartet Male vocal quartet, unaccompanied composer  
Victor B-18371 10-in. 9/14/1916 When we stand before the king Imperial Quartet Male vocal quartet, unaccompanied lyricist, composer  
Victor B-21676 10-in. 4/15/1918 When the kye come hame Elsie Baker Female vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor B-25533 10-in. 8/24/1921 Some blessed day Criterion Quartet Male vocal quartet, with brass quartet composer  
Columbia 48753 12-in. 4/28/1916 Spring delight Musical Art Society Choir Vocal chorus composer  
Brunswick 2216 10-in. approximately 1919 Some blessed day Criterion Quartet Male vocal quartet composer  
Brunswick 3352-3353 10-in. approximately Dec. 1919 Some blessed day Criterion Male Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra composer  
Brunswick 4716-4717 10-in. approximately Dec. 1920 Bells of Shandon Strand Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra composer  
Brunswick E20194-E20195 10-in. 9/17/1926 Some blessed day Criterion Quartet Male vocal quartet, with brass quartet, organ, and chimes composer  
Edison 854 Not documented 11/14/1911 Pussy's in the well Manhattan Ladies' Quartet Female vocal quartet composer  
Edison 3059 10-in. May 1914 Ring on, sweet bells Vernon Archibald ; Royal Fish Vocal duet (tenor and baritone), with orchestra composer  
Edison 4430 10-in. 1/18/1916 Now the silver moon Elizabeth Spencer ; Frederick J. Wheeler Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra composer  
Edison 18808 10-in. 10/15/1928 Arise, shine; for thy light is come Arion Male Chorus Male vocal chorus arranger  
Edison N-505 12-in. 10/15/1928 Arise, shine; for thy light is come Arion Male Chorus Male vocal chorus arranger  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Nevin, George B.," accessed April 17, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110305.

Nevin, George B.. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 17, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110305.

"Nevin, George B.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 17 April 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110305

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