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

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MODERN BALLADS AND COMPOSERS 271
popular success, but not his first song. As a matter of fact, it was his twenty-ninth, or so he reckons it; the others either languished unpub­lished, or, if published, failed to attract much attention.
" In Old Madrid " came to be written in rather a curious way. Trotere wanted something that would do for a Spanish 'cello solo, and got the idea while playing in the orchestra at the Royal Aquarium, of which he was at that time a member. He rushed out between the perform­ances into a little refreshment-room and asked for some note-paper. They had nothing but a Meredith and Drew biscuit-bag, and on this he wrote down the melody of "In Old Madrid."
Afterwards it struck him that it would make a good song, so he put it into song form and sent
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