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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CHAPTER XIII
SOME MODERN BALLADS AND THEIR
COMPOSERS
T HE ballad in modern times has broken off* into two distinct branches, and in dealing with songs by the composers of to-day it will be possible to divide them, roughly at any rate, into two groups, those who mostly follow the old "three-decker" form of ballad and those who are chiefly known as composers of what may be called the "short song." Though in some cases the division may seem a somewhat arbitrary one, since several composers have been successful in both these branches of song-writing, yet it will serve well enough in the main. In the present chapter, therefore, I shall have to do with some modern examples of the old " three-decker " form of ballad.
" In Old Madrid " can hardly perhaps in a sense be called a "modern " ballad, as it is now a good many years ago since it first made its way into public favour, but its composer, H. Trotere, may be reckoned as essentially a modern com­poser. " In Old Madrid " was Trotere's first big
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