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Ivor Novello

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Ivor Novello was one of the most successful Uk composer/performers from the time from the 1920s until his loss of life in 1951. An effective songwriter, composer, playwright, and stage and display screen actor, in Britain he was as mixed and well-known a skill as Noël Coward, although being a playwright his function tended even more toward lighter, even more intimate fare, and used even more archaic forms than Coward’s masterpieces. Given birth to David Ivor Davies in Cardiff, Wales, in 1893, he was the child of David Davies, a authorities recognized, and Clara Novello, a renowned music instructor and chorus innovator. Their son demonstrated an all natural musician, so when a young man was an excellent enough pianist to try out accompaniment at his mother’s rehearsals and in her classes. He was fascinated with the theatre from an early on age aswell, and in his youngsters crossed pathways with such numbers as Adelina Patti and Clara Butt — he was a pageboy in the latter’s wedding ceremony and made up a song that this singer subsequently documented. By age group ten, he’d gained a scholarship or grant to Magdelene University School, Oxford, with 15 he was composing one-act takes on and was an effective songwriter; at 17, he previously a agreement with Boosey & Hawkes web publishers for his function. When he was 18, he visited NY, where he developed his initial full-length stage function, although he discovered little in the form of materials success out of this business, and was eventually forced to come back to Britain. At 20 he was back London and agreed upon a agreement with Ascherberg, Hopwood, & Staff being a songwriter. The outbreak from the First Globe War a season afterwards was to create in movement Novello’s adult profession being a songwriter, as he generated a string of patriotic and morale-boosting tracks which were embraced by the general public, especially “Keep carefully the House Fires Burning up.” By 1916 Novello himself is at uniform like a sub-lieutenant within the Royal Naval Air flow Support, but he held composing tunes, right now for London stage displays. His tunes became shows of a few of the most effective shows of the time, and amid this flurry of stage structure, Novello also discovered room to attempt an acting profession both in Western and Hollywood films, and on-stage in London, and quickly founded himself as a favorite matinee idol. By 1921, he’d prolonged his acting profession to Hollywood. It had been in this same period that he previously his 1st professional connection with Jack port Buchanan, when he made up “And Her Mom Came As well” for him within the stage revue A-to-Z. Novello was similarly known in the us through the 1920s like a composer and display actor, in films like the Bohemian Female, The Light Rose, The Regular Nymph, as well as the Vortex. His most enduringly essential display screen performance, however, is at The Lodger (1926), aimed by Alfred Hitchcock, that was the director’s initial thriller, his initial important film, and his initial hit, and continues to be one of the most well known of United kingdom silent movies. Novello’s main curiosity was the stage, and he was hardly ever willing or in a position to rip himself too much from live movie theater. Amid his songwriting and performing, nevertheless, he was pass on thinly enough through the 1920s in order that he arrived rather late towards the composing of complete displays, which ultimately demonstrated the wellspring for his very best successes. He surfaced, rather all of a sudden, with popular of what had been then severe proportions — 243 shows — in Attractive Night time (1935). The second option presented American-born soprano Mary Ellis, who was simply to become associated with the majority of his function over the following decade. He previously an even larger hit the next 12 months with Careless Rapture, which went for 296 shows, accompanied by a nationwide tour that lasted for a lot of the next calendar year. Novello was the toast of London’s movie theater community, and he occupied an extremely unusual placement socially over the remaining 2 decades of his lifestyle. At that time, homosexuality was a criminal offense which was at the mercy of prosecution in Britain, as well as the theatrical globe was one of the few reputable public strata in Britain that afforded any kind of open up tolerance or safety to the homosexual community, inside the limitations of sensible discretion; figures such as for example Noël Coward and Terence Rattigan, to mention simply two of the greater celebrated theatrical skills of the time, had been officially closeted but comfy within these limitations — but Novello was therefore popular a amount that his intimate orientation was practically an open top secret considerably beyond the rates of movie theater people. Shockingly, nearly heartbreakingly good-looking in his youthful days and also into middle age group, he will make females swoon openly and homosexual men swoon silently being a silent display screen amount, and his fans among the last mentioned included several extremely well-known literary and executing figures of the time (and, it’s been suggested, one or more extremely placed political amount). Novello’s function in his initial two shows have been being a composer, however the Dance Years (1939) brought him back again being a performer alongside Ellis, in that which was among the last great London stage strikes prior to the outbreak of Globe Battle II. The display was virtually a Novello strikes collection, and went 187 performances, closing in Sept of 1939; it had been revived 3 years later on and ran for under 1,000 shows, an extraordinary accomplishment but an understandable one, like a welcome little bit of extremely melodic and comforting nostalgia within the depths from the battle years. It had been also filmed in 1949 by movie director Harold French, with Dennis Cost and Giselle Preville because the two potential clients. These shows had been throwbacks to the type of operetta-based functions that dominated British theatre in the first many years of the 20th hundred years. They were even more Viennese in personality than United kingdom; Novello was section of a custom that encompassed famous brands Franz Lehar and Emmerich Kalman. Arc de Triumphe (1943) was another strike for Novello and Ellis, though it had been never as long lasting, musically or commercially, because the implies that preceded or implemented it. Novello acquired the biggest strike of his profession in 1945 with Perchance to Wish, which went for over 1,000 shows over the following 3 years. This creation was a dual triumph for Novello since it utilized his very own libretto. In 1949, Novello and librettist Christopher Hassall shipped King’s Rhapsody, a Ruritanian love that, furthermore to such operetta-based parts as “The Violin Begun to Play” and “Someday My Heart Will Awake,” included a protracted orchestral showpiece that shown a number of the advancements that acquired overtaken movie theater in the last 10 years. Novello was area of the solid aswell and remained using the display until his unexpected loss of life, from coronary thrombosis, on March 6, 1951. He was changed within the solid by none apart from Jack port Buchanan, for whom he’d created “And Her Mom Came As well” 29 years before. Novello’s reputation and reputation lengthy outlived him, even though his music didn’t withstand for as long — actually during his life time, music was changing quicker than his very own style of composing was changing, and in the years and years after his loss of life the London stage will be transformed with techniques that Novello would scarcely possess recognized. However the Ivor Novello Prize, distributed by the United kingdom Academy of Composers and Songwriters, is becoming one of the most sought after and reputed entertainment honors in Britain, directed at songwriters and arrangers of remarkable merit. Recipients possess included Ian Anderson, Stanley Dark, Lou Reed, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, Justin Hayward, John Lennon and Paul McCartney, Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, Jeff Lynne, Freddie Mercury, David Bowie, Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb, and Maurice Gibb, and Joe Meek.

Quick Facts


Full Name Ivor Novello
Died March 6, 1951, London, United Kingdom
Profession Actor, Screenwriter, Film Score Composer
Education Magdalen College School, Oxford
Nationality Welsh, British
Parents Clara Novello Davies, David Davies
Partner Robert Andrews
Music Songs Keep the Home Fires Burning, Waltz of My Heart, I Can Give You the Starlight, My Dearest Dear, We'll Gather Lilacs, Fly Home Little Heart, Rose Of England, Shine Through My Dreams, Fold Your Wings, The Land of Might-Have-Been, Someday My Heart Will Awake, And Her Mother Came Too, My Life Belongs to You, Music in May, What a Duke Should Be, Love Is My Reason, Why Isn't It You?, My Dearest Dear and Finale, The Wings of Sleep, Love Made the Song, If This Were Love, Far Away in Shanty Town, The Violin Began to Play, The Dancing Years: Leap Year Waltz, I Can Give You Starlight, Glamorous Night: Fold Your Wings, Careless Rapture: Music In May, Careless Rapture: Love Made The Song, The Dancing Years: Waltz Of My Heart, The Bridge of Lovers, 'The Dancing Years' - Three Ballet Tunes, The Dancing Years: My Dearest Dear
Albums Gosford Park, King's Rhapsody / The Dancing Years, The Great Shows, Perchance To Dream, I Can Give You the Starlight, The Songs of Ivor Novello, Vol. 2, The Songs of Ivor Novello, Glamorous Night And Careless Rapture, Ivor Novello - Behind The Legend, The Entertainer, The Greatest: Ivor Novello
Movies The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog, Downhill, Tarzan the Ape Man, The Rat, The Man Without Desire, The Lodger, The Triumph of the Rat, I Lived with You, The White Rose, But the Flesh Is Weak, The Bold Dragoon, The Bohemian Girl, Free and Easy, The Dancing Years, King's Rhapsody, The Call of the Blood, The Return of the Rat, Symphony in Two Flats, The Vortex, Sleeping Car, A South Sea Bubble, Miarka, The Constant Nymph, Carnival, Bonnie Prince Charlie, Glamorous Night


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1 To honor the work and memory of Mr. Novello, since 1956 the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA), honour and reward excellence in British and Irish songwriting and composing by presenting The Ivor Novello Award. The award has been sponsored by PRS for Music since 1974.
2 On 27th June 2009 a 7' tall bronze statue of Ivor Novello was unveiled near the Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, Wales. The statue shows Novello seated at work on a manuscript. It was created by Peter Nicholas, a celebrated Welsh sculptor who lives in Swansea, and was paid for by public subscription. Apart from a plaque on the house where he was born, it is the only memorial to Ivor Novello in the city of his birth. There are various memorials to Ivor in London including a "blue plaque" between the Novello Theatre and the Waldorf Hotel marking the entrance to the flat above the theatre where he lived until his death in 1951. There is a memorial at Golders Green Crematorium where he was cremated, a plaque in St Paul's Church, Covent Garden (the Actors' Church) and a memorial in the crypt of St Paul's Cathedral, London where his ashes were placed.
3 The internationally prestigious "Ivor Novello Awards" are prizes given out annually by the record industry to British publishers, composers and arrangers.
4 Laurence Olivier, Noel Coward and poet/writer Siegfried Sassoon were among his social circle.
5 He was jailed for eight weeks in 1944 for misusing petrol coupons during a WWII rationing period. Some say he never got over the public humiliation.
6 He served in the Royal Naval Air Service during WWI and survived two crash landings.
7 Portrayed by Jeremy Northam in the largely fictional Gosford Park (2001).
8 One of the most famous matinée idols, writers and composers of the British stage during the early part of the 20th century. He played the title role in the first London production of Ferenc Molnar's "Liliom", the Hungarian play from which the American musical "Carousel" was adapted.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Altman 2014 Documentary writer: "The Dancing Years"
The Crimson Field 2014 TV Mini-Series music - 1 episode
South Riding 2011 TV Mini-Series music - 1 episode
Upstairs Downstairs 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Atonement 2007 writer: "Keep the Home Fires Burning"
Mrs Caldicot's Cabbage War 2002 writer: "WE'LL GATHER LILACS"
Gosford Park 2001 music: "Waltz of My Heart" 1939, "Glamorous Night" 1935, "Nuts in May" 1921, "The Land of Might-Have-Been" 1924, "And Her Mother Came Too" 1921, "I Can Give You the Starlight" 1939, "What a Duke Should Be" 1916, "Why Isn't It You" 1937, "Keep the Home Fires Burning" 1915
Back Home 2001 TV Movie music: "Keep The Home Fires Burning"
Keeping Up Appearances 1991 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Dressmaker 1988 writer: "We'll Gather Lilacs" - uncredited
1918 1985 writer: "Keep the Home Fires Burning"
A Private Function 1984 music: "Rose of England"
The Duchess of Duke Street 1977 TV Series music - 1 episode
M*A*S*H 1977 TV Series music - 1 episode
Aces High 1976 writer: "Till The Boys Come Home" - uncredited
Upstairs, Downstairs 1974 TV Series music - 2 episodes
Are You Being Served? 1973 TV Series music - 1 episode
Johnny Got His Gun 1971 music: "Keep the Home Fires Burning" - uncredited
Darling Lili 1970 music: "Keep the Home Fires Burning"
Monty Python's Flying Circus 1969 TV Series music - 1 episode
Oh! What a Lovely War 1969 music: "'Till the Boys Come Home", "Keep the Home Fires Burning" - uncredited
Opportunity Knocks 1968 TV Series writer - 1 episode
How I Won the War 1967 music: "Keep the Home Fires Burning" - uncredited
Coronation Street 1964 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Let's Make Up 1954 writer: "Keep the Home Fires Burning Till the Boys Come Home", "We'll Gather Lilacs"
The Magic Box 1951 writer: "Till the Boys Come Home" 1914 - uncredited
Kvartetten som sprängdes 1950 music: "VARJE LITEN TÖS KAN LÄRA MIG NÅT NYTT"
Elizabeth of Ladymead 1948 music: "Keep the Home Fires Burning"
While Nero Fiddled 1944 music: "'Till the Boys Come Home" - uncredited
Variety Jubilee 1943 music: "'Till the Boys Come Home" - uncredited
This Above All 1942 music: "Keep the Home Fires Burning" - uncredited
The First Days 1939 Documentary short music: "Till The Boys Come Home" - uncredited
The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle 1939 music: "Keep the Home Fires Burning" - uncredited
Glamorous Night 1937 music: "Glamorous Night", "Shine Through My Dreams", "Fold Your Wings", "When the Gipsy Played", "Gypsy Wedding", "Only Girl", "Far Away in Shanty Town"
The Dark Angel 1935 music: "Keep The Home Fires Burning 'Till the Boys Come Home" 1914 - uncredited
Evensong 1934 music: "Till The Boys Come Home" - uncredited
Cavalcade 1933 music: "Keep the Home Fires Burning" 1915 - uncredited
The Lost Squadron 1932 music: "Keep the Home-Fires Burning 'Till the Boys Come Home" 1914 - uncredited
A Soldier's Plaything 1930 music: "Keep The Home Fires Burning" 1915 - uncredited
Symphony in Two Flats 1930 writer: "Give Me Back My Heart" - uncredited
Elstree Calling 1930 writer: "My Heart is Singing"
Pack Up Your Troubles 1929 Short music: "Keep the Home Fires Burning" - uncredited

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Dancing Years 1976 TV Movie play
Musical Playhouse TV Series original play - 1 episode, 1959 play - 1 episode, 1959
King's Rhapsody 1957 TV Movie play
King's Rhapsody 1955 play
BBC Sunday-Night Theatre 1953 TV Series play - 1 episode
Gay's the Word 1952 TV Movie play
The Dancing Years 1950 play
Free and Easy 1941 play "The Truth Game"
The Rat 1937 play
Glamorous Night 1937 play
I Lived with You 1933 dialogue / play "I Lived With You" / story
The Phantom Fiend 1932 uncredited
-But the Flesh Is Weak 1932 dialogue / play "Truth Game"
Tarzan the Ape Man 1932 dialogue
Symphony in Two Flats 1930 play
The Return of the Rat 1929 play "The Rat"
When Boys Leave Home 1927 as David L'Estrange / play "Down Hill" - uncredited
The Triumph of the Rat 1926 characters
The Rat 1925 play

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Autumn Crocus 1934 Andreas Steiner
I Lived with You 1933 Prince Felix Lenieff
Sleeping Car 1933 Gaston
The Phantom Fiend 1932 Angeloff
Once a Lady 1931 Bennett Cloud
Symphony in Two Flats 1930 David Kennard
The Return of the Rat 1929 Pierre Boucheron
Der fesche Husar 1928 Lieutenant Stephen Alrik / Feri von Noszty
A South Sea Bubble 1928 Vernon Winslow
The Vortex 1928 Nicky Lancaster
The Constant Nymph 1928 Lewis Dodd
When Boys Leave Home 1927 Roddy Berwick
The Lodger 1927 The Lodger
The Triumph of the Rat 1926 Pierre Boucheron / The Rat
The Rat 1925 Pierre Boucheron
The Man Without Desire 1923 Count Vittorio Dandolo
Bonnie Prince Charlie 1923 Prince Charles Stuart
The White Rose 1923 Joseph Beaugarde
The Bohemian Girl 1922 Thaddeus
Carnival 1921 Count Andrea Scipione
The Call of the Blood 1921 Maurice Delarey
Miarka, the Child of the Bear 1920 Ivor

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Below the Row 2013 Documentary
Song by Song 1980 TV Series 1 episode
The Dancing Years 1976 TV Movie
Musical Playhouse 1959 TV Series 2 episodes
King's Rhapsody 1955 uncredited
Gay's the Word 1952 TV Movie
Bonnie Prince Charlie 1923

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Song by Song 1980 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
Musical Playhouse 1959 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
Alan Melville Takes You from A-Z 1957-1959 TV Series featuring the music of - 2 episodes
The Dancing Years 1950 composer: songs and incidental music
Glamorous Night 1937 composer: songs and incidental music
Elstree Calling 1930 composer: additional music
The Man Without Desire 1923 composer: themes

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Lovers in Araby 1924 producer
The Man Without Desire 1923 producer

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
That's Entertainment, Part II 1976 Documentary acknowledgment: the non-musical sequences represent outstanding contributions by

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Starlight 1937 TV Series Himself - Performer

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Welsh Greats 2010 TV Series documentary Himself
Paul Merton Looks at Alfred Hitchcock 2009 TV Movie documentary The Lodger (uncredited)
Muchachada nui 2008 TV Series Alejandro
Cinema Europe: The Other Hollywood 1995 TV Mini-Series documentary The Lodger

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