Clara Butt (1872-1936)
Last updated: 07.06.21
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.
No disrespect - of course the honourable Dame neither appeared in pantomimes, pubs or music halls. She is given here because she is listed in Monologues as a singer of Love's Old Sweet Song (1910 - words; G. Clifton Bingham; music: James Molloy) among other music hall artistes. Pace!
Websites:
url15.gif Clara Butt Biography by wikipedia.org.  

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Books:
book15.gif  Hope and Glory Maurice Leonard flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
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
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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
This list is arranged by title and contains 2 lyrics performed by Clara Butt. The lyrics/monologues and *.pdf files have been kindly compiled by monologues.co.uk/musichall
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url15.gif Lost Chord, The Arthur Sullivan (music)
Adelaide Anne Procter (words)
Antoinette Sterling (sung by)
John McCormack (sung by)
Louise Kirkby Lunn (sung by)
Alma Gluck (sung by)
Peter Dawson (sung by)
Belle Cole (sung by)
Clara Butt (sung by)
 
url15.gif Love's Old Sweet Song James Molloy (music)
G. Clifton Bingham (words)
Clara Butt (sung by)
Antoinette Sterling (sung by)
Edna Thornton (sung by)
 
This list is arranged by composer and contains 6 songs sung 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
         
sm15.gif Land of Hope and Glory (1901) Edward Elgar A. C. Benson (words)
Clara Butt (sung by)
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sm15.gif Ombra Mai Fu (1738) George F. Handel Clara Butt (sung by)
sm15.gif Hope On! (1899) Manuel Klein(w&m) Clara Butt (sung by) wvicon.gif
sm15.gif Love's Old Sweet Song (1910) James Molloy Clifton Bingham (words)
Clara Butt (sung by)
Antoinette Sterling (sung by)
Edna Thornton (sung by)
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sm15.gif Lost Chord (1877), The Arthur Sullivan Adelaide Anne Procter (words)
Antoinette Sterling (sung by)
John McCormack (sung by)
Louise Kirkby Lunn (sung by)
Alma Gluck (sung by)
Peter Dawson (sung by)
Belle Cole (sung by)
Clara Butt (sung by)
sm15.gif Deep River (?) Traditional Clara Butt (sung by)
     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