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William J. Marsh

William John Marsh (June 24, 1880 – February 1, 1971) was an American composer, organist, choir director, and educator most notable for composing "Texas, Our Texas," the official state song. He was a longtime figure in the Dallas-Fort Worth arts community, working as a composer, choir director, music professor, and music critic. He published over 100 original compositions, including the official mass of the Texas Centennial and The Flower Fair at Peking, the first opera written and produced in the state of Texas.

Birth and Death Data: Born June 24th, 1880 (Liverpool), Died February 1st, 1971 (Fort Worth)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1935 - 1936

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, lyricist


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-94448 10-in. 8/12/1935 Texas, our Texas Walter R. Jenkins Male vocal solo, with piano composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-02151 10-in. 10/15/1936 The eyes of Texas (The University of Texas) James Wilkinson Male vocal solo, with piano composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-02153 10-in. 10/15/1936 Bluebonnet time Betty Martin ; Helen Meyer Female vocal solo, with piano composer  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Marsh, William J.," accessed October 27, 2021,

Marsh, William J.. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 27, 2021, from

"Marsh, William J.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 27 October 2021.

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