African American baritone Hamilton Hodges was born in the United States and travelled with his wife Jean or Jennie, a fellow singer, to New Zealand in 1892 as members of the Fisk Jubilee Singers. While here he decided to leave the troupe and settled first in Auckland and then in Wellington. His wife joined him in 1899. They set up a singing school and both continued to actively perform, Hodges appearing with choral societies around New Zealand. Jean returned to the United States in 1920 and Hodges returned in 1924. His death is variously reported as 1927 and 1930.
Not much is known about his compositional activities, although apart from Twilight there are contemporary reports of two French songs.
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