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This Christmas we are offering you the chance to WIN one of 5 copies of Scott’s Music Box from the EMI Archive Trust.
This double CD is mixture of music hall and theatre favourites, popular contemporary songs and instrumentals, operatic and classical excerpts, and comedy / spoken word from the time when Captain Scott made his last expedition to the South Pole, 1910 – 1913.
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The bass-baritone Peter Dawson (1882–1961) came to the UK from his native Australia to study singing in 1903. His lessons with Sir Charles Santley stood him in good stead for a career that lasted almost 60 years and encompassed every kind of music, from the oratorios of Handel via Gilbert and Sullivan to rousing patriotic ballads and popular songs of the day. He began recording in 1904 on cylinders for the Edison company, and in 1906 Fred Gaisberg signed him to an exclusive contract with the Gramophone Company. His first flat discs were on the G&T label but he was soon appearing on HMV when the dog and trumpet trademark started being used on Gramophone discs around 1909. He went on to become one of the most prolific recording artists of all time and remained exclusive to HMV for the rest of his life.
As well as his own name, he used many aliases, including Hector Grant, the pseudonym under which he performed the repertoire of Harry Lauder, not only on disc but also on the music hall stage in full Scottish gear, much to Lauder’s annoyance.
Listen to Dawson give a fine rendition of “The Song of Australia“. Written by English born poet Caroline Carleton in 1859 for a competition sponsored by the Gawler Institute. If you’re a SOTH subscriber following by email please go to the actual blog to get the full posting.
A stirring version of Dawson’s Rule Britannia is featured on the new double CD Scott’s Music Box, released on 14 May.
This article was written by Jasper Rees and published on theartsdesk 11 April 2012
The gramophone on which Scott and his men listened to music hall and opera at the bottom of the world
Centenaries are sizeable business in 2012. It just so happens that the Olympics are coming to the United Kingdom for the third time in a year which finds us thinking very hard about if being British still means the same thing as it did 100 years when two momentous calamities singed themselves into the national psyche: the Titanic sank, and Captain Scott and his four companions never made it back from the South Pole.
Adam Sweeting has already reported on the deluge of Titanica fanning across the television schedules from National Geographic docs to Drownton. The Scott industry is spreading itself more widely across the year. As well as three exhibitions – at the Natural History Museum, the Queen’s Gallery and the National Museum of Wales – you can also enjoy a musical flavour of what it was like to be a the bottom of the world with the Terra Nova expedition by investing in a new double-disc CD. On it is a selection of scratchy recordings Scott and co took south with them to remind them of home in the long polar night. In fact they had a library of hundreds of tunes to listen to, and the choice can do no more than suggest the range of musical tastes catered for, from Enrico Caruso to Nellie Melba, from Harry Lauder to Weber’s Concertino for horn. Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries” was on hand to gird the loins as the men prepared to strap themselves into man-hauling harnesses. For many of the jauntier tunes some of the chaps will dressed up in drag and danced along.
The records were donated to the expedition by The Gramophone Company (nowadays known as EMI), along with two splendid old gramophones, one of which is on display at the Natural History Museum’s current exhibition. The main track listing concludes with “God Save the King”. Two additional tracks include Ernest Shackleton taking about his own unsuccessful attempt on the Pole three years earlier. There is a piquant irony to its inclusion. Scott and Shackleton had history, and were not friends, although that did not stop Scott using Shackleton’s expedition journal as a useful pathfinder. The full track listing of Scott’s Music Box is as follows.
The Black Diamonds Band – Dollar Princess Two Step
The Dollar Princess Operatic Party – Opening Chorus (The Dollar Princess)
George Grossmith Jr – Yip-I-Addy-I-Ay (Our Miss Gibbs)
Margaret Cooper – Love is meant to make us glad (Merrie England)
R. Kennerley Rumford – Four Jolly Sailormen (The Princess of Kensington)
Huntley & Carroll – The Golf Scene (Three Little Maids)
Yvette Guilbert – I want yer ma honey
Band of HM Coldstream Guards – Trafalgar March
Walter Miller – We all walked into the shop
Florrie Forde – Oh! Oh! Antonio!
George Robey – The Prehistoric Man
Harry Lauder – Stop your tickling, Jock!
Harry Tate – Motoring
Gus Elen – Wait till the work comes round
Olly Oakley – Anona Two-Step
John Coates – Take a pair of sparkling eyes (The Gondoliers)
Eleanor Jones Hudson – The sun whose rays are all ablaze (The Mikado)
The Sullivan Operatic Party – When Britain really ruled the waves (Iolanthe)
HM Band of the Royal Artillery – The Blue Danube Waltz
Stanley Kirkby – The Trumpeter
Harry Dearth – A Sergeant of the Line
Clara Butt & R. Kennerley Rumford – Night Hymn at Sea
Edward Lloyd – The Holy City
Elizabeth Dews – O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion (Messiah)
A Church Choir – Hark, the Herald Angels Sing
Geraldine Farrar – Un bel dì vedremo (Madama Butterfly)
Enrico Caruso – Recitar!…Vesti la giubba (Pagliacci)
Nellie Melba – Waltz Song (Roméo et Juliette)
Titta Ruffo – Largo al factotum (Il barbiere di Siviglia)
Luisa Tetrazzini – Ombra leggera (Dinorah)
Maurice Renaud – Serenade (Don Giovanni)
Mattia Battistini · Emilia Corsi – Là ci darem la mano (Don Giovanni)
Jan Kubelík – Chanson bohème (Carmen)
Enrico Caruso – Mattinata
Nellie Melba – Nymphes et sylvains
Evan Williams – I’ll sing thee songs of Araby
Edward Lloyd – Come into the garden, Maud
Charles Draper – Weber: Concertino
La Scala Theatre Orchestra – The Ride of the Valkyries (Die Walküre)
Joseph Szigeti – Bach: Prelude (Partita No.3)
Wilhelm Backhaus – The Harmonious Blacksmith
Peter Dawson – Rule Britannia
Ernest Pike – The Light of the World
Robert Radford – Honour and Arms (Samson)
Clara Butt – Abide with me
Band of H. M. Coldstream Guards – God Save the King
Major Sir Ernest Shackleton – The Dash for the South Pole
Stanley Kirkby – ’Tis a story that shall live forever