Clara Butt (1872-1936)
Last updated: 01.06.22
p_buttc.jpgAccording to the Internet source given below, Dame Clara Ellen Butt, DBE was an English contralto born in Southwick, Sussex .
She was a recitalist and concert singer. Her voice, both powerful and deep, impressed contemporary composers such as Saint-Saëns and Edward Elgar who composed a song-cycle with her in mind as its soloist.
Butt appeared in two operas by Christoph Willibald Glück and later in her career she appeared in recitals together with her husband, the baritone Kennerley Rumford. She made numerous recordings for the gramophone. She was trained by Daniel Rootham joining the Bristol Festival Chorus, of which Daniel Rootham was its musical director. In 1890, she studied at the Royal College of Music (RCM) under John Henry Blower, Albert Visetti and Marmaduke Barton. Later she studied in Paris, Berlin and Italy.
Butt appeared by royal command before Queen Victoria, King Edward VII, and King George V. She toured Australia, Japan, Canada, New Zealand, United States other European cities. She was appointed DBE in the 1920 for her services during the First World War having organised and sang in many concerts for service charities.
She died in North Stoke, Oxfordshire.
Websites:
url15.gif Clara Butt Biography by wikipedia.org.  

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Books:
book15.gif  Clara Butt: Her Life-Story Harriet Winifred Ponder, Clara Butt flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
book15.gif  Hope and Glory Maurice Leonard flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
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cd15.gif  Britain's Queen of Song   flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif  Critical Survey Vol 1   flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif  Dame Clara Butt   flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
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url15.gif Lost Chord, The Arthur Sullivan (music)
Adelaide Anne Procter (words)
Antoinette Sterling (perf.)
John McCormack (perf.)
Louise Kirkby Lunn (perf.)
Alma Gluck (perf.)
P. Dawson (perf.)
Belle Cole (perf.)
Clara Butt (perf.)
 
url15.gif Love's Old Sweet Song James L. Molloy (music)
G. Clifton Bingham (words)
Clara Butt (perf.)
Antoinette Sterling (perf.)
Edna Thornton (perf.)
 
     Title Attribution Instruments Source Remarks
           
pdf15.gif Thanksgiving (1911) F.H. Cowen (music)
Bishop Cotton (words)
Clara Butt (perf.)
Piano, Voice IMSLP wvicon.gif
pdf15.gif Abide With Me (1896) S. Liddle (music)
Henry Francis Lyte (words)
Clara Butt (perf.)
Piano, Voice IMSLP Pub.
pdf15.gif Idle Words (1898) M. Maybrick (music)
F.E. Weatherly (words)
Clara Butt (perf.)
Piano, Voice IMSLP Pub.
pdf15.gif Break, Diviner Light (1899) F. Allitsen (music)
Alfred Tennyson (words)
Clara Butt (perf.)
Piano, Voice IMSLP Pub.
     Title Composer/Song
     
youtube15.jpg Deep River (2:54) Deep River/Traditional
youtube15.jpg Land of Hope and Glory (3:16) E. Elgar
youtube15.jpg The Lost Chord (4:07) A. Sullivan
youtube15.jpg Ombra mai fu (1917) (3:48) G.F. Handel
This list is arranged by composer and contains 12 works performed by Clara Butt who is featured on sheet music covers. It does not claim to be complete and represents only the number of items located. Keys: (w&m)
     Title Composer Attribution Remarks
         
perf15.jpg Break, Diviner Light (1899) Frances Allitsen Alfred Tennyson (words)
Clara Butt (perf.)
Kennerley Rumford (perf.)
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perf15.jpg Thanksgiving (1911) Frederic H. Cowen Bishop Cotton (words)
Clara Butt (perf.)
Pub.
perf15.jpg Land of Hope and Glory (1901) Edward Elgar A. C. Benson (words)
Edna Thornton (perf.)
Clara Butt (perf.)
Pub.
perf15.jpg Ombra mai fu (1738) George F. Handel Clara Butt (perf.)
perf15.jpg Hope On! (1899) Manuel Klein(w&m) Clara Butt (perf.) wvicon.gif
perf15.jpg Leaves and the Wind (1903) Franco Leoni George Cooper (words)
Clara Butt (perf.)
Pub.
perf15.jpg Abide With Me (1896) Samuel Liddle Henry Francis Lyte (words)
Christine Miller (perf.)
Clara Butt (perf.)
Pub.
perf15.jpg Idle Words (1898) Michael Maybrick Frederic Edward Weatherly (words)
Clara Butt (perf.)
Pub.
perf15.jpg Love's Old Sweet Song (1889) James L. Molloy Clifton Bingham (words)
Christine Miller (perf.)
Clara Butt (perf.)
Antoinette Sterling (perf.)
Edna Thornton (perf.)
Jan Garber (perf.)
M. Santley (perf.)
Pub.
perf15.jpg Lost Chord (1877), The Arthur Sullivan Adelaide Anne Procter (words)
Antoinette Sterling (perf.)
John McCormack (perf.)
Louise Kirkby Lunn (perf.)
Alma Gluck (perf.)
P. Dawson (perf.)
Belle Cole (perf.)
Clara Butt (perf.)
Reed Miller (perf.)
Pub.
perf15.jpg  Deep River (?) Traditional Clara Butt (perf.)