13 december: Norman H. O’Neill

Norman Houston O’Neill (1875-1934)

Foto: Norman O’Neill

O’Neill was an English composer and conductor of Irish background who specialized in theater work. He studied in London with Arthur Somervell and later with Iwan Knorr at the Hoch Conservatory in Frankfurt. He belonged to the Frankfurt Group, a circle of composers who studied at the Hoch Conservatory, at the end of the 1890s.

O’Neill was associated with the Haymarket Theater. His works includes over fifty pieces of music, including many of Shakespeare (Hamlet, King Lear, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, The Merchant of Venice, Henry V and Measure for Measure), JM Barrie (A Kiss for Cinderella and Mary Rose), and Maurice Maeterlinck (The Blue Bird). In 1910, he became the first British composer to conduct his own orchestral music directed by Columbia Graphophone Company’s house ensemble, “Court Symphony Orchestra”, from his Blue Bird-music on two double-sided gramophone records. O’Neill’s works also include symphonic suites and chamber music.

Mary Rose is a play by J. M. Barrie, best known for Peter Pan. It was first produced in April 1920 at Haymarket Theater, London, with music by Norman O’Neill. The play was produced in New York the same year. The play was resumed in New York in 2007 and in London in 2012.









78000349 (1-2)
BKN: 73752915
O’Neill, Norman, UK, 1875-1934
Marie Rose [Musikkopptak] / O’Neill. – UK : Columbia Grammophone Co., Limited. – På 1 78 plate, dobbelsidig : 78 rpm ; 25 cm. Komposisjonsår: 1905
Musikk til J. M. Barrie’s teater stykke : “Mary Rose”
“In 1910 he became the first British composer to conduct his own orchestral music on record, directing the Columbia Graphophone Company’s house ensemble, in a suite taken from his Blue Bird music on two double-sided gramophone discs. the “Court Symphony Orchestra”(Wikipedia)
Originaltittel: Marie Rose
Side 1: Prelude , Side 2: The call
O’Neill, Norman : dirigent
Court Symphony Orchestra
Insidental music for plays
Besetning: Orkester
Edisjonsnummer: Columbia 4360

Dirigent: O’Neill, Norman