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Charles Adams Prince

Charles Adams Prince (1869 – October 10, 1937) was an American conductor, bandleader, pianist and organist known for conducting the Columbia Orchestra and, later, Prince's Band and Orchestra. He made his first recordings, as a pianist, in 1891 for the New York Phonograph Company. Later in the 1890s he worked as a musical director for Columbia Records. He also conducted the Columbia Orchestra and Columbia Band starting in 1904 as the successor of the cornetist Tom Clark.

In 1905, Prince assembled the ensembles Prince's Band, Prince's Orchestra, and the Banda Espanola. They principally recorded for Columbia's disc releases and performed much of the same music as the Columbia Band, which was given over for cylinder recording to the veteran flutist and conductor George Schweinfest. Prince's own composition, "The Barbary Rag", was recorded by the band in 1913.

Prince's Band was the first to record many compositions that became jazz standards. Their version of W. C. Handy's "Saint Louis Blues" in 1915 is the first known recording of the song. It took the band two sessions to record a successful take, which was considered unusual considering the talent of the band and its leader. Another song by Handy, "The Memphis Blues", was recorded by Prince's Band in 1914, a week after its first recording by the Victor Military Band. Other standards introduced by the band are Porter Steele's "High Society" (1911) and Lew Pollack and Ray Gilbert's "That's a Plenty" (1914). His band also played the popular instrumental "Too Much Mustard" released by Columbia and Sears's Oxford Records.

Prince recorded as a solo celeste player under the name Charles Adams. As such, his recording of "Silver Threads Among the Gold" was popular.

At Columbia, Prince also showed initiative in expanding the company's "classical" orchestral catalogue and in experimenting with the size of ensembles that acoustic recording equipment could capture. In October 1910 he conducted an abbreviated version of Franz Schubert's Symphony No. 8 in B Minor, popularly known as the Unfinished Symphony, on two sides of a 12-inch disc (released as Columbia A 5267), which was the first orchestral recording of any part of a symphony. He assembled a 90-piece orchestra to record the overture to Richard Wagner's opera Rienzi in February 1917 (released as Columbia A 6006), which was the largest ensemble commercially recorded to that date. Prince's last recording for Columbia was in 1922. He then changed labels to Puritan Records and later to Victor Records, where he worked as associate musical director.

Prince was related to the U.S. presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1869, Died October 10, 1937

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1903 - 1927

Roles Represented in DAHR: conductor, director, piano, arranger, composer, celeste, lyricist, xylophone, organ

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Recordings (Results 351-375 of 556 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia 1224 10-in. ca. 1903 Cavatina Giuseppe Campanari Baritone vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia 1225 10-in. approximately 1903 Serenade Giuseppe Campanari Baritone vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia 1226 10-in. approximately 1903 Il barbiere de Seville : Aria Giuseppe Campanari Baritone vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia 1227 10-in. approximately 1903 Toreador song Giuseppe Campanari Baritone vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia 1234 10-in. approximately 1903 La vierge à la crèche Charles Gilibert Baritone vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia 1235 10-in. ca. 1903 Chanson de l'adieu Charles Gilibert Baritone vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia 1236 10-in. ca. 1903 Obstination Charles Gilibert Baritone vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia 1239 10-in. ca. 1903 Menuet d'Exaudet Charles Gilibert Baritone vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia 1251 10-in. approximately 1903 Les rameaux Charles Gilibert Baritone vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia 1364 10-in. approximately 1903 Ernani, involami Marcella Sembrich Soprano vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia 1365 10-in. approximately 1903 Voce di primavera Marcella Sembrich Soprano vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia 1366 10-in. ca. 1903 La traviata : Aria; arranged Marcella Sembrich Soprano vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia 1378 10-in. ca. 1903 Le prophète : Arioso Ernestine Schumann-Heink Soprano vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia 1379 10-in. approximately 1903 Drinking song Ernestine Schumann-Heink Soprano vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia 1380 10-in. approximately 1903 Dalilah's grand aria Ernestine Schumann-Heink Soprano vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia 1381 10-in. ca. 1903 Bolero Ernestine Schumann-Heink Soprano vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia 1382 10-in. approximately 1903 Der Tod und das Maedschen Ernestine Schumann-Heink Soprano vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia 1548 7-in. ca. 1903-Oct. 1905 In Cheyenne Joe's cowboy tavern Columbia Orchestra Descriptive scene, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 1548 10-in. ca. 1903 In Cheyenne Joe's cowboy tavern Columbia Orchestra Descriptive scene, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 1550 7-in. ca. 1904-Oct. 1905 Cumming's Indian Congress at Coney Island Columbia Orchestra Descriptive scene, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 1550 10-in. ca. 1903 Cumming's Indian Congress at Coney Island Columbia Orchestra Descriptive scene, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 1551 7-in. ca. 1903 Levee scene Columbia Orchestra Descriptive scene, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 1551 10-in. ca. 1903 Levee scene Columbia Orchestra Descriptive scene, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 1563 7-in. ca. 1903 Departure of a Hamburg-American liner Columbia Orchestra Descriptive scene, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 1563 10-in. ca. 1903 Departure of a Hamburg-American liner Columbia Orchestra Descriptive scene, with orchestra composer  
(Results 351-375 of 556 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Prince, Charles Adams," accessed July 21, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111328.

Prince, Charles Adams. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 21, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111328.

"Prince, Charles Adams." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 21 July 2024.

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