Charles Gilbert Spross

An accompanist for many famous singers during the first half of the twentieth-century, Charles Gilbert Spross' composition output consists almost entirely of vocal music, including about 250 songs.

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Born in Poughkeepsie, New York, Charles Gilbert Spross served as the organist for several churches in New York and New Jersey throughout his career.

He also toured extensively with many famous singers of his day, including Caruso, Garden, Gluck, Homer, Melba, Nielsen, Nordica, Schumann-Heink, and Ysaÿe.

In addition to his prolific song output, Spross also composed other vocal works for vocal ensemble, including anthems, partsongs, and cantatas.

–Christie Finn

Source: William Osborne’s article in the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians

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Songs My Mother Taught Me

(Vittorio Giannini, Richard Hageman, John Jacob Niles, Oscar Rasbach, Charles Gilbert Spross and Randall Thompson)


Lebendige Vergangenheit

(Walter Damrosch, Oley Speaks and Charles Gilbert Spross)


Rosa Ponselle On the Air, Vol. 1

(Carrie Jacobs-Bond, Ethelbert Nevin and Charles Gilbert Spross)


My Secret Heart

(Vittorio Giannini, Charles Gilbert Spross and Abraham Wood)


Alma Gluck

(Margaret Ruthven Lang, Edward MacDowell and Charles Gilbert Spross)


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