Procida Bucalossi (1832-1918) and his son Ernest Bucalossi (27 May 1863 - 15 April 1933) were British-Italian light music composers and orchestral arrangers. It is difficult to differentiate their compositions and arrangements, which are often simply credited as Bucalossi.
Procida Bucalossi is primarily known for his dance arrangements (Lancers, Polka, Quadrille, Waltz) of Savoy Operas, particularly those of Gilbert & Sullivan. As a composer, Procida had success with a comic operetta Les Manteaux Noirs (The Black Cloaks) which ran at the Avenue Theatre between June and December 1882. Other compositions attributed to Procida include "Ciribiribin", the "P&O Polka" and songs titled "The Midnight Hour" and "Love, I Will Love You Forever".
Ernest Bucalossi went to work for the D'Oyly Carte company in the early 1880s and succeeded his father as conductor at the Prince of Wales's Theatre in 1881. Until 1928, he was musical director at a variety of London theatres. Ernest is today best known for his "Grasshopper's Dance", and the rest of his compositions have slipped into obscurity. He primarily composed dances and descriptive pieces for light orchestra: the waltzes "Queen of the North", "Pastorella", "La Gitana" and "Valse-Berceuse" amongst others, the march "Pennon and Plume", a barn dance "The Careless Cuckoos", the polka "Midnight Chimes", the descriptive piece "A Hunting Scene" and incidental music to A Kiss for Cinderella.
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Birth and Death Data: Born 1859, Died April 15, 1933
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1901 - 1927
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer
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|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix B-]2057||10-in.||2/26/1903||La gitana||Metropolitan Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix A-]2057||7-in.||2/26/1903||La gitana||Metropolitan Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||C-1129||12-in.||3/17/1904||La gitana waltz||Arthur Pryor's Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-1129||10-in.||3/17/1904||La gitana waltz||Arthur Pryor's Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||A-1129||7-in.||3/17/1904||La gitana||Arthur Pryor's Band||Band||composer|
|Victor||C-1477||12-in.||6/15/1904||La gitana||Victor Dance Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-1477||10-in.||6/23/1904||La gitana waltz||Victor Dance Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-1813||10-in.||10/19/1904||La gitana||Garde Républicaine Band||Band||composer|
|Victor||B-1848||10-in.||10/28/1904||La gitana waltz||Arthur Pryor's Orchestra||Band||composer|
|Victor||C-3224||12-in.||3/29/1906||Monsieur Beaucaire : Incidental music||Arthur Pryor's Band||Band||composer|
|Victor||B-6877||10-in.||3/15/1909||La gitana||Victor Dance Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||C-6877||12-in.||3/15/1909||La gitana||Victor Dance Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||237||10-in.||ca. 1901||La gitana waltz||Columbia Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||237||7-in.||ca. 1901-Oct. 1905||La gitana waltz||Columbia Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||W98319||12-in.||3/11/1927||La gitana||Columbia Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Edison||449||Not documented||12/7/1910||La gitana||Orchestra (unidentified; Edison Records)||Orchestra||composer|
|Edison||2524||10-in.||10/29/1913||La gitana waltz||American Symphony Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Bucalossi, Ernest," accessed March 25, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116773.
Bucalossi, Ernest. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved March 25, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116773.
"Bucalossi, Ernest." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 25 March 2023.
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Wikipedia: Ernest Bucalossi
Discogs: Ernest Bucalossi
Linked Open Data Sources
LCNAR: Bucalossi, Ernest, 1863-1933 - http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/nr98001091
Wikidata: Ernest Bucalossi - http://www.wikidata.org/entity/Q20655547
MusicBrainz: Ernest Bucalossi - https://musicbrainz.org/artist/23b87248-aa64-4839-a3c6-ef8db9bf66cc
ISNI: 0000 0000 8034 732X - http://www.isni.org/isni/000000008034732X
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