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Published on May 18, 2013
Tenor Dan Beddoe (1863-1937) / A Moonlight Song (Mills - Cadman) / Recorded: July 21, 1913 --
A MOONLIGHT SONG Op. 42, No. 2 Mills - Cadman
The moonlight shimmers thro' the vine That to my porch is clinging The flowers lightly nod their heads My love-filled heart is singing
The petals of the rose float by Like love her kisses bringing And all the night is glad to me I hear thy dear voice ringing!
At first a miner, Beddoe won a gold medal at a singing contest in Wales in 1882. He emigrated to the United States and studied singing, first in Pittsburgh and Cleveland, and then in New york. After a concert tour of England which brought him little success, he became a church singer in New York. He made his official debut as an oratorio singer in 1903, and the next year Walter Damrosch chose him for a concert performance of Parsifal. In 1910 he was admired at the Cincinnati Festival, where he appeared again successfully (1914, 1920, 1925, 1927). In 1925 he sang the tenor part in Mendelssohn's Elijah in New York with tremendous success. He was also greatly admired there in Handel's Messiah (1925-29 & 1934) . In 1911 he went to England and sang in Elijah at the Crystal Palace during the festivities commemorating the coronation of King George V. He was considered one of the best oratorio singers of his generation. Enrico Caruso attended his concerts in New York and admired his incomparable messa-di-voce technique. He never appeared on the stage. (Source: A Concise Biographical Dictionary of Singers / Kutsch & Riemens / Chilton Book Company / 1969)