Ezra Read  (1862-1922)
Last updated: 31.08.21
Ezra Read was an English pianist and composer of popular music born in humble circumstances in Willenhall, Staffordshire. He is reported to have been taught piano by his elder brother, John Colley Read who would himself later become organist at the catholic cathedral in Birmingham. After marriage to Beatrice Ida Hampden, a pianist and violinist, in 1886 they both studied harmony and composition. They are said to have written over 4000 pieces under some 120 pen names. According to the Internet source given below, perhaps the best known of Ezra's works was his Easy Pianoforte Tutor (1897) which sold many thousands of copies throughout the world. Other successes were his Cinderella Waltz (1910)of which over a million copies were sold, his Mafeking , Kimberley and Ladysmith Marches which were very popular during the Boer War, and his many "descriptive fantasias" such as The Christmas Ball (1909), Fire! Fire! (1915), The Victoria Cross (1899) and War of the Nations (1914).
In 1912-3, he turned to ragtime and composed a numer of rags and cakewalks including Bob Tail Rag, Cracker Rag, Dreamy Daniel, Postman's Holiday and Slippery Sam. Almost at the end of his career, but still with it, he composed Jazz Nights (1919). He died in Shirebrook, Derbyshire.

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This list is arranged in chronological order and contains 332 works by Ezra Read (1862-1922). It does not claim to be complete and represents only the number of items located. Keys: ER
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Winged Hours 1889  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Gems of the Ocean 189-  wvicon.gif
Minuet Impromptu in B 1891  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
After the Ball 1893  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Barn Dance 1893  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Goblin Revels 1893  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Merry Christmas 1893  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Toyland 1893  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Barn Dance 1894  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Better Land, The 1894  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Bon-Bons 1894  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Cadets' Quick March 1894  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Convent Bells 1894  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Gordon Boys' Quick March, The 1894  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Little Duchess 1894  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Lost Chord, The 1894 A. Procter (words)  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
President Cleveland's Grand March 1894  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Prince Edward Albert 1894  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Venia 1894  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Ashantee 1895  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Christmas Carols 1895  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Harlequinade 1895  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Hurdy Gurdy 1895  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Jester, The 1895  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Little Companions 1895  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Marguerite 1895  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Old Folks, The 1895  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Pall Mall 1895  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Perida 1895  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Prairie Queen, The 1895  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Schoolmates 1895  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Sleigh Ride 1895  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Trilby - Waltz 1895  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Wee Lassies 1895  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Witches' Meeting, The 1895  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Bewitching 1896  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Dr. Jameson's Grand March 1896  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
En Avant 1896  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Entrancing 1896  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Gerona 1896  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Glittering Dewdrops 1896  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Japanese Polka, The 1896  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Little Bo-Peep 1896  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Monte Christo 1896  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Nicknacks 1896  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Silver Bells 1896  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Silvery Echoes 1896  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Sleigh Ride 1896  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Always Ready 1897  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Coon's Holiday, The 1897  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Darby and Joan - March 1897  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Darkies' Breakdown, The 1897  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Diamond Jubilee, The 1897  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Dinah Valse 1897  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Don't Tease 1897  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
E. Read's Easy Pianoforte Tutor 1897  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Glittering Dewdrops 1897  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Little Snowdrop 1897  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Longest Reign, The 1897  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Loyalty 1897  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
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Mandolin Album With Accompaniments For Piano 1897  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Merry Coons 1897  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Monkey's Antics 1897  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Pioneers, The 1897  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Premier Selection of Hornpipes, Jigs, Reels, & C., The 1897  wvicon.gif
Santiago 1897  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Sundial, The 1897  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Violinist, The 1897  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Washington Post 1897  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Alberts, The 1898  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
America Versus Spain 1898  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
American National Airs With Harmonized Choruses 1898  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Boston 1898  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Coonland 1898  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Excelsior Vamping Tutor 1898  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Khartoum 1898  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Merry Skaters 1898  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Off to Klondyke 1898  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Old Times 1898  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Queenie 1898  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Return From Klondyke, The 1898  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Sleigh Ride, A 1898  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Topsy 1898  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Twins, The 1898  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Waltz Cotillon 1898  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Banjo Album 1899  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Chloe 1899  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Christmas Party, A 1899  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Cloister, The 1899  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Cock of the North and the Haughs O' Cromdale, The 1899  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Daisy-Land 1899  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Dreyfus 1899  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Home Sweet Home 1899  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Khartoum 1899  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Merry Imps 1899  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Old Folks 1899  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Only a Sailor Boy For Me 1899 M. Cambie (words)  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Queen of the Plains 1899  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Summer Blossoms 1899  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Transvaal War March, The 1899  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Uncle Pete's Breakdown 1899  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Victoria Cross, The 1899  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Seasons, The 190-  wvicon.gif
Wattle Blossom 190-  wvicon.gif
Arab Land 1900  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Baden-Powell 1900  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
British Empire, The 1900  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Chinese March, The 1900  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Christmas Box, The 1900  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
For Queen and Country 1900  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Handy Man 1900  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Ladysmith March 1900  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Louisiana 1900  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Mafeking Heroes March 1900  wvicon.gif
On Active Service 1900  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Paris Exhibition - 1900 1900  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Pekin - Chinese Carnival 1900  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Pekin - Chinese War March 1900  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Proposal, The 1900  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Queen of Hearts 1900  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Title Year Attribution Remarks
Relief of Ladysmith 1900  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Relief of Mafeking 1900  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Return of the Troops 1900  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Sons of Britain March 1900  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Transvaal, The 1900  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Twilight Memories 1900  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Victoria Cross, The 1900  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
War in Africa 1900  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
War on the China Sea 1900  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Welcome Back Our British Heroes 1900 M. Cambie (words)  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Welcome Home 1900  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
With the Colours 1900  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
With the Flag to Pretoria 1900  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Australia 1901  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Buckingham Palace 1901  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Commonwealth, The 1901  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Coronation, The 1901  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Duke of Cornwall and York 1901  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
His Majesty 1901  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Ida 1901  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Kaiser, The 1901  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
King Edward VII 1901  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
New Century Quadrilles, The 1901  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Ping Pong 1901  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Queen Alexandra Royal March 1901  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Queen Alexandra Waltz 1901  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Rose Elf, The 1901  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Soldiers of the King 1901  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Sugar Cane, The 1901  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Victoria 1901  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Charming 1902  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Christmas Party, A 1902  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Coronation Day 1902  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Coronation of King Edward VII, The 1902  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Coronation Waltz 1902  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Daisy May 1902 Johnny Devas (words)  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Darkyland 1902  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Fairy Frolics 1902  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
In Camp 1902  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
King's Champion 1902  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Little Guards 1902  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Love's Vows 1902  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Love's Whisperings 1902  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Musical Box, The 1902  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Our Queen 1902  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Prince and Princess Polka 1902  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Round the Route 1902  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Sons of the Ocean 1902  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Summer Roses 1902  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Tournament, The 1902  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Victor's Return, The 1902  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Waiting For the King 1902  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Bonny Baby 1903  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Christmas Games 1903  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Dance With Me 1903  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Evening Shadows 1903  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Forest Fairies 1903  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Her Very First Cake-Walk 1903  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Irish Guards' Waltz 1903  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Magic Lantern 1903  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
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Puss in Boots 1903  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Sweet Memories 1903  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Taku Polka 1903  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Trip to the Moon, A 1903  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Visions of the Ball 1903  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Which Is the Way to Heaven? 1903 W. Rushforth (words)  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Wild West 1903  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Wonderland 1903  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Zamora 1903  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Darby and Joan - Waltz 1904  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Japan and Russia 1904  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Killarney 1904  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Lifeboat, The 1904  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Little Princess, The 1904  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Little Snowdrop 1904  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Night Attack on Port Arthur, A 1904  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Queenie Waltz 1904  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Type of Beauty, A 1904  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Ivy's Cake Walk 1904-5  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Bit of the Past, A 1905  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
British Empire, The 1905  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Coon Lovers 1905  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Dancing Pansies 1905  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Glory March 1905  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Golden Dreamland 1905  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
King in the East!, The 1905 J. G. Gibson (words)  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Kingston Town 1905  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Little Companions 1905  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Mountain Belle 1905  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Poppy, The 1905  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Toyland 1905  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Venice by Night 1905  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Wee Lassies 1905  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
You and I 1905  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
British Columbia 1906  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Hop Scotch 1906  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Lilliput Parade, The 1906  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
New Zealand 1906  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Princess Ena 1906  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Royal Marriage, The 1906  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Sweet and Low 1906  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Children's Drill March, The 1907  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Church Parade, The 1907  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Elfland 1907  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Evensong 1907  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Gee-Whiz 1907  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Nile Lilies 1907  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Our School 1907  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Scrimmage, The 1907  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Wee Maudie's Prayer 1907 Tom Robinson (words)  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Boys' Brigade, The 1908  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Chiming Bells 1908  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Church Lads' Brigade, The 1908  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Come Back to Erin 1908  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Drifting Clouds 1908  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Exhibition Dance 1908  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Love Stories 1908  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Lusitania 1908  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Old Sweet Story, The 1908  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Pickaninnies Parade 1908  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
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Round the Exhibition 1908  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Boy Scouts, The 1909  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Children's Christmas Ball, The 1909  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Christmas Fairies 1909  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Daylight 1909 Tom Robinson (words)  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Elves and Goblins 1909 T. Robinson (words)  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Ezra Read's Easy Pianoforte Tutor 1909  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Imps, The 1909  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Learning to Be Soldiers 1909 T. Robinson (words)  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Little Red Riding Hood 1909 T. Robinson (words)  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Love's Land 1909  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Territorials March, The 1909  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Tiresome Dollies 1909 T. Robinson (words)  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Vision of Beauty, A 1909  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
North Pole, The 190?  wvicon.gif
Aeroplane Waltzes 1910  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Cinderella Waltz 1910  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Ezra Read's Easy American Organ and Harmonium Tutor 1910  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Girls' Washing Day, The 1910 T. Robinson (words)  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Her Majesty 1910  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
King George V 1910  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Love Stories 1910  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Major and Minor Scales For the Pianoforte, The 1910  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Marseillaise & La Cecile Gavotte, The 1910  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Merry Reaper Lads, The 1910 T. Robinson (words)  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
New Town Band, The 1910 T. Robinson (words)  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Queen Mary 1910  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
British Boys, The 1911  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Cathedral March, The 1911  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Chancel March, The 1911  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Cupid's Queen 1911  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Fairy Prince 1911  wvicon.gif
Fountain Spray 1911  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
King's Guard 1911  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Miner, The 1911  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Parting, The 1911  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Pretty Blue Bells 1911  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Return, The 1911  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Sabbath Chimes 1911  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Tattoo, The 1911  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Three Morris Dances 1911  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Torch Light 1911  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Bob Tail Rag 1912  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Dream Visions 1912  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Ezra Read's Easy Albums 1912  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Frosty Morning, A 1912  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Ireland 1912  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Tin Whistle Band 1912  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Windflowers 1912  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Bonnie Lassies 1913  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Christmas Echoes 1913  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Cracker Rag 1913  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Dashing Darkies 1913  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Dreamy Daniel 1913  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Golden Eagle, The 1913  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Irresistible 1913  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
L'Entente Cordiale 1913  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Little Bright Eyes 1913  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Little Heroes 1913  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Nut's Parade, The 1913  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
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Postman's Holiday 1913  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Rag Bag Rag 1913  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Slippery Sam 1913  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Tango Dance 1913  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Toreador, The 1913  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Anglo-German War March 1914  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Belgian March, The 1914  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Call to Arms, The 1914  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Christmas Greetings 1914  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Europe in Arms 1914  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Fight For Freedom, The 1914  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Laughing Eyes 1914  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Little Soldiers 1914  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Marseillaise, The 1914  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
National Anthems of the United Nations 1914  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
War of the Nations 1914  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Bandolero, The 1915  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Christmas Tales 1915  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Fire! Fire! 1915  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Italian National Hymn 1915  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Sweet Flowers Waltz, The 1915  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Coonville Fair 1919  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Jazz Nights 1919  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
E. Read's School of Melodious & Progressive Studies 1920  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Airs of All Nations 1 ?  wvicon.gif
Airs of All Nations 2 ?  wvicon.gif
Golden Hours ?  wvicon.gif
Japanese Polka, The ?  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Joy's Ragtime Album ?  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Laughing Niggers ?  wvicon.gif
Processional ?  wvicon.gif
True Blue March ?  wvicon.gif