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

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CHAPTER IX
AN HARMONIOUS QUARTET
T HE title of this chapter may at first sight seem a little ambiguous, but it becomes clearer when it is explained that the "quartet" consists of Fred. E. Weatherly, a writer who has been writing lyrics for something approaching half a century, and the three composers of this era with whose work, as he himself states, he has been most closely associated during his long career. And whether applied to the results achieved during this association, or to the happy relationship between author and composers, the word "harmonious" may be counted equally appropriate.
The first name, which brings us down well within reach of modern times, is that of J. L. Roeckel, who at the age of seventy-two is still occasionally writing songs to-day. The number of Roeckel's successful compositions would fill a chapter, and their relative popu­larity is difficult to estimate. Perhaps "Angus Macdonald " is the one that has been a steady success over the greatest number of years,
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