Oscar O'Brien (7 September 1892 – 20 September 1958) was a Canadian folklorist, composer, pianist, organist, music educator, and Roman Catholic priest. A large portion of his compositions were based in folklore and he also arranged and harmonized roughly 400 French and Canadian folksongs; many of which were written for his collaborations with Charles Marchand and the Alouette Vocal Quartet. He worked as an arranger or accompanist on numerous 78 rpm recordings for such labels as Bluebird, Brunswick, Columbia, Starr, and Victor. He contributed numerous articles on folklore to publications like Le Canada français and was a frequent lecturer on folklore subjects. In 1978 CBC Radio recognized O'Brien in a series of six broadcasts featuring his harmonizations.
Birth and Death Data: Born September 7th, 1892 (Ottawa), Died September 20th, 1958 (Montreal)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1925 - 1927
Roles Represented in DAHR: arranger, songwriter
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Brunswick||E20534-E20535||10-in.||10/27/1926||La valse des belles mères||Charles Marchand||Male vocal solo, with piano||songwriter|
|Brunswick||E20546-E20547||10-in.||10/27/1926||Le laboureur||Charles Marchand||Male vocal solo, with piano||songwriter|
|Brunswick||E20548-E20549||10-in.||10/27/1926||Le pont d‘Longueuil||Charles Marchand||Male vocal solo, with piano||songwriter|
|Brunswick||E20550-E20551||10-in.||10/27/1926||Dans un p’tit bois||Charles Marchand||Male vocal solo, with piano||arranger|
|Brunswick||E20554-E20555||10-in.||10/27/1926||Dans tous les cantons||Charles Marchand||Male vocal solo, with piano||arranger|
|Edison||10367||10-in.||5/12/1925||Dans tous les cantons||Charles Marchand||Male vocal solo, with piano||arranger|
|Edison||10368||10-in.||5/12/1925||J'ai c't' épaule qui m'branle||Charles Marchand||Male vocal solo, with piano||arranger|
|Edison||10369||10-in.||5/13/1925||Dans le petit bois de l'ail||Charles Marchand||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||arranger|
|Edison||10370||10-in.||5/13/1925||La grand' d'mande||Charles Marchand||Male vocal solo, with piano||songwriter|
|Edison||11552||10-in.||3/3/1927||Dans un p'tit bois||Charles Marchand||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||arranger|
|Edison||11556||10-in.||3/4/1927||La rengaine de Merle||Charles Marchand||Male vocal solo, with piano||arranger|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "O'Brien, Oscar," accessed August 2, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/115193.
O'Brien, Oscar. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 2, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/115193.
"O'Brien, Oscar." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 2 August 2021.
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