Ernest Bucalossi

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.

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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Recordings

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 R├ępublicaine 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  

Citation

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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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116773

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