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The Road Goes Ever On (Donald Swann/J. R.  R. Tolkien) Stewart Hendrickson
The Road Goes Ever On (Donald Swann/J. R. R. Tolkien) Stewart Hendrickson
Published: 2012/12/02
Channel: seattlefiddler
Bilbo
Bilbo's Last Song - music by Donald Swann, from "The Road Goes Ever On"
Published: 2009/08/30
Channel: Nate Butler
Flanders And Swann: At The Drop Of A Hat, 1960
Flanders And Swann: At The Drop Of A Hat, 1960
Published: 2010/10/29
Channel: davidhertzberg
Donald Swann Requiem for the Living Parts 1-6
Donald Swann Requiem for the Living Parts 1-6
Published: 2012/03/29
Channel: Facherty
Donald Swann - The Isles of Greece
Donald Swann - The Isles of Greece
Published: 2015/12/04
Channel: divineartrecords
The Wompom
The Wompom
Published: 2012/03/01
Channel: LeonPFB
Flanders & Swann - Documentary by John Amis
Flanders & Swann - Documentary by John Amis
Published: 2016/01/03
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Venite - Donald Swann
Venite - Donald Swann
Published: 2013/11/08
Channel: AnglicanStuff
Pee po belly bum drawers Flanders and Swann
Pee po belly bum drawers Flanders and Swann
Published: 2009/11/05
Channel: jonjamg
"Namárië," by Donald Swann
"Namárië," by Donald Swann
Published: 2016/12/03
Channel: MaestroRigale
Scherzo: Two Moods for Tuba Donald Swann
Scherzo: Two Moods for Tuba Donald Swann
Published: 2012/06/23
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The Gas Man Cometh - Flanders and Swann
The Gas Man Cometh - Flanders and Swann
Published: 2010/01/05
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A song of patriotic predjudice - Flanders and Swann
A song of patriotic predjudice - Flanders and Swann
Published: 2010/02/25
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Flanders & Swann - The Hippopotamus Song (Live)
Flanders & Swann - The Hippopotamus Song (Live)
Published: 2008/12/04
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Flanders and Swann - The Sloth
Flanders and Swann - The Sloth
Published: 2013/04/07
Channel: Jordan Whelchel
Flanders & Swann -
Flanders & Swann - 'Ill Wind'
Published: 2013/02/14
Channel: notsyort
"I Sit beside the Fire," by Donald Swann
"I Sit beside the Fire," by Donald Swann
Published: 2016/12/05
Channel: MaestroRigale
Pillar to Post sung by Donald Swann
Pillar to Post sung by Donald Swann
Published: 2016/01/15
Channel: Tri311
The Youth of The Heart
The Youth of The Heart
Published: 2011/11/25
Channel: Steve Savage
typesoontv - Flanders And Swann - Live 1967 (VHS)
typesoontv - Flanders And Swann - Live 1967 (VHS)
Published: 2009/01/28
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Flanders & Swan sing Mozart
Flanders & Swan sing Mozart's Horn Concerto
Published: 2017/01/23
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Donald Swann—Songs—with Christopher Glynn (piano)
Donald Swann—Songs—with Christopher Glynn (piano)
Published: 2017/04/21
Channel: Hyperion Records
Flanders & Swann: The Armadillo
Flanders & Swann: The Armadillo
Published: 2012/06/19
Channel: B. A. Nilsson
Flanders and Swann - The Ostrich Song
Flanders and Swann - The Ostrich Song
Published: 2013/09/22
Channel: David Alexandrou
Namarie & I Sit Beside the Fire - from Donald Swann
Namarie & I Sit Beside the Fire - from Donald Swann's "The Road Goes Ever On" - Lord of the Rings
Published: 2012/12/09
Channel: SingingDaniel
In the Bath - Michael Flanders and Donald Swann
In the Bath - Michael Flanders and Donald Swann
Published: 2017/02/09
Channel: BSCollegeMusic
"The Road Goes Ever On," by Donald Swann
"The Road Goes Ever On," by Donald Swann
Published: 2016/12/05
Channel: MaestroRigale
Flanders & Swann -
Flanders & Swann - 'First And Second Law'
Published: 2013/02/14
Channel: notsyort
Namarie
Namarie
Published: 2008/04/09
Channel: Adrian Bury
The road goes ever on - part 1
The road goes ever on - part 1
Published: 2008/09/20
Channel: Adrian Bury
Misalliance
Misalliance
Published: 2014/03/30
Channel: Bryan Higgs
DONALD SWANN: Selections from "The Bestiary of Flanders & Swann"
DONALD SWANN: Selections from "The Bestiary of Flanders & Swann"
Published: 2012/08/03
Channel: AlbanyRecordsUSA
Flanders and Swann - The Slow Train
Flanders and Swann - The Slow Train
Published: 2008/10/29
Channel: alan moores
Laura Wolk-Lewanowicz performs The Passionate Trencherwoman by Donald Swann
Laura Wolk-Lewanowicz performs The Passionate Trencherwoman by Donald Swann
Published: 2013/01/21
Channel: Laura Wolk-Lewanowicz
"In Western Lands," by Donald Swann
"In Western Lands," by Donald Swann
Published: 2016/12/03
Channel: MaestroRigale
Eric Roper singing The Hippopotamus by Donald Swann & Michael Flanders
Eric Roper singing The Hippopotamus by Donald Swann & Michael Flanders
Published: 2013/05/30
Channel: Paula Roper
Michael Schurr - Two Moods for Tuba by Donald Swann
Michael Schurr - Two Moods for Tuba by Donald Swann
Published: 2011/07/25
Channel: mikerman1220
Hoffnung Gala Festival 2
Hoffnung Gala Festival 2
Published: 2016/01/31
Channel: hrsgkjm
John Amis with Flanders and Swann
John Amis with Flanders and Swann
Published: 2016/06/05
Channel: John Amis Archive
"In the Willow-meads of Tasarinan," by Donald Swann
"In the Willow-meads of Tasarinan," by Donald Swann
Published: 2016/12/03
Channel: MaestroRigale
Flanders and Swann - A song of the weather
Flanders and Swann - A song of the weather
Published: 2010/12/01
Channel: jonjamg
Ian Wallace - The Wart Hog (Flanders & Swann)
Ian Wallace - The Wart Hog (Flanders & Swann)
Published: 2008/11/19
Channel: whiteocean78
DONALD SWANN - Rhapsody From Within Recorder&Piano
DONALD SWANN - Rhapsody From Within Recorder&Piano
Published: 2012/03/24
Channel: HidehiroRecorder
Transport of delight -  Flanders and Swann
Transport of delight - Flanders and Swann
Published: 2009/02/20
Channel: hawkmoon03111951
Flanders & Swann - Kokoraki.wmv
Flanders & Swann - Kokoraki.wmv
Published: 2011/01/14
Channel: agapanthos3
Flanders and Swann - The Gnu Song
Flanders and Swann - The Gnu Song
Published: 2008/05/23
Channel: MilesTaiIsPrower
Flanders And Swann-The Hippopotamus Song
Flanders And Swann-The Hippopotamus Song
Published: 2012/07/29
Channel: Les Mud
Flanders and Swann "Design for Living"
Flanders and Swann "Design for Living"
Published: 2013/05/18
Channel: Lily Whiteman
Flanders and Swann  A Song of Reproduction Played On A Garrard 301 Turntable
Flanders and Swann A Song of Reproduction Played On A Garrard 301 Turntable
Published: 2014/01/19
Channel: Larry's Vintage Audio & Vinyl
Cover - Treebeard
Cover - Treebeard's Song (LOTR, J.R.R. Tolkien, Donald Swann)
Published: 2017/01/03
Channel: SwordwomanRiona99
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Donald Ibrahím Swann
Michael Flanders and Donald Swann 1966.JPG
Swann at right with Michael Flanders, 1966.
Born (1923-09-30)30 September 1923
Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, Wales, UK
Died 23 March 1994(1994-03-23) (aged 70)
London, England
Occupation Composer, musician and entertainer
Known for Flanders and Swann

Donald Ibrahím Swann (30 September 1923 – 23 March 1994) was a Welsh-born composer, musician and entertainer. He was one half of Flanders and Swann, writing and performing comic songs with Michael Flanders.[1]

Life[edit]

Donald Swann was born in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, Wales. His father, Herbert Alfredovich Swann, was a Russian doctor of English descent, from the expatriate community that started out as the Muscovy Company. His mother, Naguimé Sultán Swann (born Piszóva), was a Turkmen-Russian nurse from Ashgabat, now part of Turkmenistan.[2] They were refugees from the Russian Revolution. Swann's great-grandfather, Alfred Trout Swan, a draper from Lincolnshire, emigrated to Russia in 1840 and married the daughter of the horologer to the Tsars. Some time later the family acquired a second 'n' to their surname. His uncle Alfred wrote the first biography of Alexander Scriabin in English.[3]

The family moved to London, where Swann attended Dulwich College Preparatory School and Westminster School (where he first met Michael Flanders).

In 1941 Swann was awarded an exhibition to Christ Church, Oxford, to read modern languages. In 1942 he registered as a conscientious objector and served with the Friends' Ambulance Unit (a Quaker relief organisation) in Egypt, Palestine and Greece. After the war, Swann returned to Oxford to read Russian and Modern Greek.

In the 1970s, Swann became a Sponsor of the Peace Pledge Union.

Donald Swann was married twice; he married Janet Oxborrow in 1955 and they were divorced in 1983; his second wife was the art historian Alison Smith. In 1992 he was diagnosed with cancer. He died at Trinity Hospice in South London on 23 March 1994, survived by both wives and two children from his first marriage: Rachel and Natasha.

Career[edit]

A chance meeting between Swann and Flanders in 1948 led to the start of their professional partnership. They began writing songs and light opera, Swann writing the music and Flanders writing the words. Their songs were performed by artists such as Ian Wallace and Joyce Grenfell. They subsequently wrote two two-man revues, At the Drop of a Hat and At the Drop of Another Hat, which they performed all over the world until their partnership ended in 1967.

At the same time, Swann was maintaining a prolific musical output, writing the music for several operas and operettas, including a full-length version of C. S. Lewis's Perelandra, and a setting of J. R. R. Tolkien's poems from The Lord of the Rings to music in The Road Goes Ever On collection. In 1953–59 Swann provided music for seven plays by Henry Reed on the BBC Third Programme, generally known as the Hilda Tablet plays for one of the fictional characters, a lady composer of avant-garde "musique concrete". Besides incidental music, Swann composed for this character an opera, "Emily Butter" and several other complete works.[4] A lifelong friendship with Sydney Carter resulted in scores of songs, the best known being "The Youth of the Heart" which reappeared in At the Drop of A Hat, and a musical Lucy & the Hunter. After his partnership with Flanders ended, Swann continued to give solo concerts and to write for other singers. He also formed the Swann Singers and toured with them in the 1970s. Throughout the 1980s and early '90s he continued performing in various combinations with singers and colleagues and as a solo artist. In the later years of his life he 'discovered' Victorian poetry and composed some of his most profound and moving music to the words of William Blake, Emily Dickinson, Christina Rossetti, Oscar Wilde and others. He wrote a number of hymn tunes which appear in modern standard hymn books.

It is estimated that Swann wrote or set to music nearly 2,000 songs during his career.

Discography[edit]

Flanders and Swann[edit]

  • 1957 – Excerpts from at the Drop of a Hat (EP)
  • 1957 – More Excerpts from at the Drop of a Hat (EP)
  • 1957 – More out of the Hat! (EP)
  • 1959 – Little Drummer Boy/The Storke Carol (EP)
  • 1960 – At The Drop of a Hat (produced by George Martin)
  • 1961 – The Bestiary of Flanders & Swann (EP)
  • 1964 – At The Drop of Another Hat (produced by George Martin)
  • 1964 – Favourites from at the Drop of Another Hat (EP)
  • 1964 – More out of the New Hat (EP)
  • 1966 – EMI Comedy Classics (Hat and Another Hat on two cassettes)
  • 1967 – The Bestiary of Flanders & Swann (produced by George Martin)
  • 1975 – And Then We Wrote...
  • 1977 – Tried by the Centre Court
  • 1994 – The Complete Flanders & Swann (first three albums in a boxed set)
  • 1994 – A Transport of Delight: The Best of Flanders & Swann
  • 1997 – More out of the Drop of a Hat – Again! (double cassette)
  • 1999 – The Flanders and Swann Collection
  • 2000 – A Drop of Hilarity from Flanders & Swann
  • 2007 – Hat Trick: Flanders & Swann Collector's Edition

Other works[edit]

  • 1951 – The Youth of the Heart (78 rpm)
  • 1958 – London Sketches (Donald Swann & Sebastian Shaw)
  • 1963 – Festival Matins (EP)
  • 1964 – Songs of Faith & Doubt (EP)
  • 1965 – For The Love of Betjeman (Donald Swann & Sir John Betjeman, EP)
  • 1966 – Donald Swann & the Choir of the Friends' School, Saffron Walden (EP)
  • 1967 – Tolkien: Poems & Songs of Middle Earth (Donald Swann & William Elvin)
  • 1968 – Sing Round The Year (Boys of Westminster School and Girls of Mayfield Putney)
  • 1970 – An Evening in Crete (Donald Swann & Lilli Malandraki)
  • 1971 – The Song of Caedmon (Donald Swann & Arthur Scholey, EP)
  • 1973 – A Crack in Time (The Swann Singers)
  • 1973 – Wacky & His Fuddlejig (Donald Swann & Arthur Scholey, narrated by Peter Ustinov, EP)
  • 1973 – The Rope of Love (The Swann Singers)
  • 1975 – The Five Scrolls or "The Five Seasons of God" (Donald Swann & Rabbi Albert Friedlander) [5]
  • 1975 – The Parable of the Lost Sons (Donald Swann & The Nairobi Youth Choir, EP)
  • 1980 – Radio Orwell (The Olive Quantrill Singers)
  • 1981 – Swann with Topping (Donald Swann & Frank Topping)
  • 1984 – Requiem for the Living (Donald Swann & Cecil Day-Lewis)[6]
  • 1989 – Alphabetaphon (Donald Swann, 3 cassettes)
  • 1992 – Amiscellany (Donald Swann & John Amis)
  • 1994 – Swann in Jazz
  • 1999 – The Isles of Greece

Books[edit]

  • Swann, Donald (1968). The Space Between the Bars. Hodder & Stoughton. 
  • Swann, Donald (1975). Swann's Way Out: A Posthumous Adventure. Wiedenfeld & Nicolson. 
  • Swann, Donald (1987). Alphabetaphon. Albert House Press. ISBN 0-9511451-1-8. 
  • Swann, Donald (1991). Swann's Way: A life in Song. Heinemann; Revised, Arthur James 1993. Revised, Thames Publishing 1997. ISBN 0-85305-329-4. 

Father's autobiography[edit]

Song collections[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Smith, Lyn (1993). Swann's Way: A Life in Song. London: Arthur James Limited. p. 297. ISBN 0-85305-329-4. 
  2. ^ Swann, Donald (1991). Swann's Way: A life in Song (1st ed.). London: Heinemann. p. 13. ISBN 0-434-75292-4. 
  3. ^ "Flanders and Swann Online". Nyanko.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk. Retrieved 15 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "Henry Reed radio drama – DIVERSITY". Suttonelms.org.uk. Retrieved 15 August 2014. 
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ "Donald Swann - Requiem For The Living". 

External links[edit]

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