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William Franke Harling, British composer. awarded David Bispham medal); Award of Merit, 1939), Adam Had Four Sons, Penny Serenade, Adventure in Washington, The Lady Is Willing, I Escaped from the Gestapo. Member A.S. C.A.P.


Harling, William Franke was born on January 18, 1887 in London, England. Son of Joseph Edmund and Emily (Patterson) Harling.


Brought to the United States, 1888. Student in public schools, Boston, and Grace Church Choir School, New York. Student London Academy Music.

Pupil of Theophile Ysaye, Brussels, 4 years.


One son, Joseph Edmund. Married second, LuGarda Salome Mayer, March 18, 1920. Married 3d. Elma Jascha, June 19, 1937.

Organist and choir director Church of the Resurrection, Brussels, 1907-1908, United States Military Academy, West Point, New York, 1909-1910.


  • Other Work

    • Composer: The Corps (West Point Military Academy hymn). West Point Forever (official march). A Light from St. Agnes (grand opera in one act), performed by Chicago Civic Opera Company, December 26, 1925, and in Paris, June 1929 (1st American opera ever sung in Fr.

      Awarded David Bispham medal). (symphonic works), The XXIII Psalm of David (symphonic poem with narrator, women’s chorus, organ, 2 pianois). Exordium and Psalms with narrator, women’s chorus, orchestra and 2 pianos.

      A Bible Trilogy (based on O.T. for full symphony orchestra, 2 pianos, choruses, soloists and narrator). Three Elegiac Poems for cello and orchestra, 1946. Monte Cassino, In Memoriam—1944 (orchestral tone poem with narrator), 1944.

      Chanson Popularies (tone poem performed Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra directed by Artur Rodzinski). Before the Dawn (Persian idyl for symphony orchestra, solos for tenor, cello and harp, and male chorus, the Hollywood Bowl, 1933, with Richard Crooks, soloist). Oh, Captain, My Captain (symphonic ballad for baritone, male chorus and orchestra).

      At the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (tone poem). The Miracle of Time (prize composition for soloists, double chorus, and orchestra, performed at the Tri-City Festival, Newark, May 1918). Mirra (miracle play).

      Musical score, Heritage. Ave Maria (for voice, harp, cello, orchestra). (stage prodns. in New York City) Deep River, Paris Bound, Machinal, Salvation (produced by Arthur Hopkins).

      Outward Bound, In Love with Love, The Outsider (produced by Wm. Harris Junior)

    • Miss Nellie of N’ Orleans, Wake Up, Jonathan (produced by Sam Harris). Stage presentations for Roxy Theatre, New York, include The Trial of Joan of Arc, A Venetian Fantasy, Jazz Concerto.

      Also 100 published works, including operas, songs, cantatas. Musical scores for motion pictures, including Tabu, Monte Carlo, Cradle Song, Trouble in Paradise, Broken Lullaby, Man’s Castle, Bitter Tea of General Yen, By Candle Light, Madam Butterfly, Scarlet Empress, So Red the Rose, Souls at Sea, Men With Wings, Stagecoach (Award of Merit, 1939), Adam Had Four Sons, Penny Serenade, Adventure in Washington, The Lady Is Willing, I Escaped from the Gestapo. Soldiers of the Soil, Three Russian Girls, When the Lights Go On Again.

      Red Wagon (documentary film on life of Gustavus Swift).


Member A.S. C.A.P.


Married Carry Van Lellyveld, September 1914.; married second, LuGarda Salome Mayer, March 18, 1920.

Joseph Edmund Harling

Emily (Patterson) Harling

Carry Van Lellyveld

LuGarda Salome Mayer