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

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260              A UKWTUKY Ut BALLADS
this was followed by his setting of Tennyson's
"Crossing the Bar."
"Shortly after Tennyson's death," says Mr.
Mackinlay, " Behrend came to call one day, and
brought with him a very beautiful setting of
' Crossing the Bar.' The music at once appealed
to Antoinette Sterling's dramatic feeling, with its
impressive melody, and alternation of organ and
piano, the two joining together finally in the
lines—
I hope to see my Pilot face to face When I have crossed the Bar.
Of all the times on which the song was rendered by her, one impressed itself above all the rest upon her memory. It was at a concert given one winter at Penzance. The elements seemed con­spiring together to make a fit accompaniment to those glorious words. The wind was blowing as though all the Furies had been let loose. A storm was at its height, the lightning lit up the sky, and was followed a moment later by peal on peal of thunder. Inside the Concert Hall, like a deep "ground bass," was heard the heavy rise and fall of the sea, as the waves came roaring in to dash over the bar. The elements, thus joining in with the voice and the organ, combined to produce one of the most powerful effects which it would be possible to imagine."
Behrend's "Crossing the Bar," together with
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