A Century Of Ballads 1810-1910, Their Composers & Singers

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far-away look that night. Possibly the idea was in his mind that such changes could not affect him long. Twice during that evening he left the concert-room expressing his intention of going home, and each time returned, as if he did not know how to tear himself away, though he felt unequal to remaining.'          Bennett died a few
weeks later, on February 1, 1875.
But for popular concerts the most famous resorts were the gardens of Vauxhall and Rane-lagh. At Vauxhall the concerts were at first purely instrumental, but in 1745 singing was introduced, and the concerts became more popular than ever in consequence. Ranelagh in time outdid Vauxhall in popularity. Here in 1751 morning concerts were given twice a week as well as the evening ones.
The Marylebone Gardens also enjoyed con­siderable popularity. They were opened about the middle of the seventeenth century, and passed through varying vicissitudes, till in 1763 they were taken over by "Tommy" Lowe, the popular tenor. Six years later Mr. (afterwards Dr.) Arnold became the proprietor, but in 1778 the gardens were finally closed to the public.
All these places of entertainment did much to foster public appreciation of " popular " ballads, and maybe said, in fact, to have been forerunners of the ballad concerts of to-day. Some of the
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