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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Recordings

Songs My Mother Taught Me

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

1998

Lebendige Vergangenheit

(Walter Damrosch, Oley Speaks, Charles Gilbert Spross and Traditional)

1951

Rosa Ponselle On the Air, Vol. 1

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

2000

My Secret Heart

(Vittorio Giannini, Charles Gilbert Spross and Abraham Wood)

1999

Alma Gluck

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

1997

Songs

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