Henry Russell began his musical career as a child singer in England. At the age of three, he sang in Robert Elliston’s children’s opera group. He began studying composition as a teenager with Bellini and Rossini in Italy, and studying with the Italian Bel Canto composers likely lead to a strong development of his melodic gifts.
After moving to Canada and then the United States, Russell published his first song, “Wind of the Winter Night,” in 1836. He made his debut as a singer in New York shortly after this publication, and from 1837-1841, Russell achieved great popularity touring the United States as a pianist/singer, performing his own songs. Russell engaged in another American tour in 1843, and Stephen Foster heard him sing in Pittsburgh. Russell returned to England permanently in 1845, but he had a lasting effect on American song and popular music.
Warren M. Swenson: Battle Pieces
(Will Marion Cook, May Swenson, George Frederick Root, Stephen Foster, Traditional and Henry Russell)
The Civil War
(Henry Burleigh, Daniel Decatur Emmett, Stephen Foster, John Hill Hewitt, Abraham Lincoln, George Frederick Root, Henry Russell, Traditional, Joseph Philbrick Webster and Henry Clay Work)
A Life in the West
Composer(s): Henry RussellFind it at your Local Library