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

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126              A CENTURY OF BALLADS
of Dee," as did Hullah, by the way, but the only setting remembered to-day is the one by Frederic Clay.
Hatton was one of the early exponents of the art of "songs at the piano," and was a very popular entertainer in this line. His versatility was amazing. In this connection may be quoted a paragraph which appeared in the Musical World for December 26, 1846, which is also mentioned by Mr. Edwards in his article. It runs as follows :—
"Mr. J. L. Hatton gave a musical entertain­ment at the Assembly Room, Rosemary Branch, Peckham, on Wednesday evening. Mr. J. L. Hatton was the Atlas of the entertainment, and bore the weight of the concert on his own shoulders. He lectured, sang, and performed on the pianoforte. Like Malaprop's Cerberus, he was three gentlemen at once. The entertain­ment was novel and interesting. Mr. Hatton gave some capital specimens of pianoforte music by various masters, including Corelli, Bach, Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, etc. He sang songs comic, sentimental, and serious. He levied contributions upon many nations for their com­positions, and kept his audience alternately moved with delight and excited with laughter. Mr. Hatton was modest enough not to obtrude too many of his own works upon his visitors.
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