Harling, W. Franke Biography

biography of Harling, W. Franke

18 January 1887, London, England, UK
22 November 1958, Sierra Madre, California, USA
Songwriter ("Beyond the Blue Horizon", "Sing You Sinners"), composer and conductor, educated at the Grace Church Choir School in New York and the London Academy of Music. He was also a music student of Theodore Ysaye. His career included being chief organist at the Church of the Resurrecion in Brussels (1907-1908). For the stage, he wrote incidental music for the plays "Machinal", "Deep River", "Paris Bound", "Outward Bound", "In Love With Love", and "The Outsider". Joining ASCAP in 1926, his chief musical collaborators were Leo Robin, Richard Whiting, and Sam Coslow. His other popular-song compositions include "West Point Forever" (the official march), "The Corps" (the West Point hymn), "Where Was I?", "Always in All Ways", and Give Me a Moment, Please".

-   "Three Elegiac Poems" (cello and orchestra); "A Bible Trilogy"; "Monte Cassino" (tone poem); "Before the Dawn"; "Oh Captain, My Captain"; "God Save America", "Ave Maria" (voice, cello, harp and orchestra), "At the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier" (tone poem), "Three Elegiac Poems" (cello and orchestra), "The Corps" (West Point hymn).

-   Operas: "A Light From St. Agnes" (the first American opera production in France); "Alda".

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