HMV publicity photo of Fraser Gange singing into recording horn.
This home page presents the Scottish baritone Fraser Gange, who was born in
Dundee, Scotland in 1886 and died in Baltimore, USA in 1962.
Gange made his debut as a recitalist in London in 1906 and built up a solid recital and oratorio career in Britain throughout the teens and early 1920s. After his New York recital debut in 1924, he became an active soloist in the top echelon of U.S. orchestras, singing in historic performances with such conductors as Koussevitzky, Mengelberg, Toscanini, and Furtwaengler.
In 1932 he abandoned the concert stage for a second career as a full-time teacher of singing, in New York at both his private studio behind Carnegie Hall and the Juilliard Summer School, and in Baltimore at the Peabody Conservatory.
Along the way he made a handful of records for HMV and Columbia. Although Gange has been unjustly neglected by time, these records are still prized by many who are charmed by his artistry and his gift for vivid storytelling.
We hope you will read on and share any thoughts, recordings or remembrances with us through this Fraser Gange Home Page.
Sound ClipsJohn Ireland's Sea Fever
(559K WAV) issued in 1920
Oley Speaks' On the Road to Mandalay
Handel's Hear me! Ye Winds and Waves
Richard Strauss's Heimliche Aufforderung
Complete recording of Gange's classic
For More InformationBIOGRAPHY
Steinway Hall Opening, 1925
|This home page is an outlet for an ongoing research project on Fraser Gange begun by Patty Fagan and John Graves in 1996. Please be aware that this page represents the current state of our research and will change as we learn more.|
The photograph above, a 1919 HMV publicity still of Gange making the acoustic recording The Sea Dogs of England, is provided courtesy of the Archives of the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University.
Our thanks to the many friends and colleagues who have helped with our research.
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