Cymdeithas Hanes Resolfen History Society

A web log for the Resolven History Society which publishes articles and stories related to Resolven and the immediate surroundings.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Its official, William Rhys Herbert was an American citizen

According to the Society's account of the Three Doctors of Music it was thought that though William Rhys Herbert had emigrated to the USA in 1892, he had not taken American citizenship. However, thanks to research made by one of our members we have definitive proof that this was not so. You cannot be more certain than posting his naturalisation papers. Needless to say the remaining Doctors are still firmly Welsh!!


Blogger fllynch said...

I have fallen in love with the music of William Rhys Herbert (particulary the music for his operetta Sylvia), but have been able to find almost nothing in the way of information about his life. If one of the Society's members can provide a source of such information (and being able to obtain an image of his naturalization papers would certainly seem to suggest that such information may be available), I would be very grateful. At the very least I intend to dedicate some space on my web site about this wonderful composer, and I would love to be able to prepare new editions of his operettas and make those available as well. (I am an amateur composer/arranger/engraver with extensive experience preparing new music scores using Finale music notation software.)

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Anonymous Keith Davies Jones said...

William Rhys Herbert died in Minneapolis at the age of 53 on 4th October, 1921

He was well-known in the USA as an adjudicator at eisteddfodau.

The most celebrated of his compositions seems to have been his cantata 'Bethany', which received many performances during his lifetime.

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Blogger WmRhysBach said...

Afraid that Mr Keith David Jones statement re. death of Dr. Wm. Rhys Herbert was slightly incorrect.
He actually died on 3rd October which was his birthday and also the birthday of Rhys Herbert, his father.
It was actually in Chicago that he died, while returning to Minneapolis following a business trip to meet his friend and publisher J.Fischer of New York.

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