May H. Brahe

Mary Hannah (May) Brahe (née Dickson) (6 November 1884 – 14 August 1956) was an Australian composer, best known for her songs and ballads. Her most famous song by far is "Bless This House", recorded by John McCormack, Beniamino Gigli, Lesley Garrett and Bryn Terfel. According to Move.com.au: "She was the only Australian woman composer to win local an international recognition before World War II," having "290 of her 500 songs published. Of these, 248 were written under her own name, the remainder under aliases.

Birth and Death Data: Born November 6th, 1884, Died August 14th, 1956 (Bellevue Hill)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1920 - 1932

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer

Notes: May Brahe wrote under several pseudonyms: Stanley Dickson, Mervyn Banks, Donald Crichton, Alison Dodd, Stanton Douglas, Eric Faulkner, Wilbur B. Fox, Henry Lovell, May Morgan, and George Pointer.

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-24780 10-in. 1/5/1921 I passed by your window Frances Alda Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-28606 10-in. 9/25/1923 Thanks be to God John McCormack Tenor vocal solo, with harp and orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-36106 10-in. 8/9/1926 Thanks be to God W. A. Jaquins Vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor CVE-64853 12-in. 1/15/1931 Marching song Myrtle C. Eaver ; Anna Howard Female vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor BRC-71865 10-in. 2/17/1932 The wren Gertrude Harris Female vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor [Trial 1924-03-28-01] 10-in. 3/28/1924 I passed by your window Ruby Green Female vocal solo, with piano composer  
Columbia 80620 10-in. 10/20/1922 I passed by your window Margaret Romaine Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Brunswick 11284-11286 10-in. 9/13/1923 I passed by your window Frank Oldfield Male vocal solo, with piano, celeste, and harp composer  
Brunswick 11707-11709 10-in. 10/23/1923 I passed by your window Irene Williams Female vocal solo, with piano, celeste, and harp composer  
Brunswick E21164-E21166 10-in. 1/12/1927 I passed by your window Marie Morrisey Female vocal solo, with piano, harp, and celeste composer  
Brunswick E21235-E21237 10-in. 1/19/1927 I passed by your window Marie Morrisey Contralto vocal solo, with piano, harp, and celeste composer  
Brunswick E21905-E21907 10-in. 3/16/1927 I passed by your window Marie Morrisey Female vocal solo, with instrumental trio composer  
Edison 7585 10-in. 10/15/1920 I passed by your window Ada Tyrone Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Edison 7737 10-in. 1/12/1921 I passed by your window Marie Rappold Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Brahe, May H.," accessed April 22, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116372.

Brahe, May H.. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 22, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116372.

"Brahe, May H.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 22 April 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116372

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