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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A CENTURY OF BALLADS
by Frank Lambert. "This series," says the composer himself, "was a long while in being started, but this one can easily understand, as the whole character of the edition was a new departure in the song-publishing world." The first four of these songs included "The Night has a Thousand Eyes" and "A Barque at Midnight," probably
the two most popular numbers of the whole series. Of the former Lambert tells a curious story.
"The lyric," he says, "came to me from America (I set it in three-quarters of an hour), signed F. W. Bourdillon. I asked everyone who Bourdillon was. Some said they were at Eton with him, others that he flourished in the sixteenth century. The discussion seemed interminable, so I decided in favour of the sixteenth-century theory,
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