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

With Some Introductory Chapters On Old Ballads And Ballad Makers - online book.

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82              A CENTURY OF BALLADS
demanding a sum of ^20 from Charles Dance, a composer, as a royalty for continuing to sing his song, being apparently the first singer to in­troduce the practice.
There is one other song of Horn's which ought to be mentioned. This is " The Deep, Deep Sea," made popular by Madame Malibran, the famous contralto, and daughter of Manuel Garcia, who had such a tragic and eventful life, and died at the early age of twenty-eight.
A singer who sang with Malibran in Mazzinghi's duet " When a little farm we keep" was John Parry, the baritone. He was also an excellent pianist. In 1831 he appeared as a singer of ballads, accompanying himself on the harp. He is generally supposed to have been the composer of " Jenny Jones," a song that was immensely popular at the time. For a long while the composer remained unknown, and Charles Mathews introduced the song into a dramatic piece in 1835, singing it in character, under the impression that it was a national melody. " Nora, the Pride of Kildare," is also ascribed to Parry.
Parry was also quite a capable painter, and studied for some time with W. P. Frith, but eventually abandoned painting for music. In his later years he was attacked by a nervous disease, which rendered him at times quite hysterical.
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