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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writes the majority of his lyrics actually at the piano. "When I want a new lyric," he says, "I sit down to the piano and improvise—just play anything that comes into my head, and in a little while I get an idea, and then it clothes itself in words, and the lyric is there, in my brain, ready to be put on paper."
Among the most popular of his published lyrics are "Because," "I know a lovely garden," "The Dawn," " O Lovely Night," "The Rose," "The River and the Sea," "The Little Irish Girl," and "Songs of the Norseland."
Of other lyric-writers who are the authors of many of the popular songs, long and short, of recent years, mention may be made of Edward Oxenford, Florence Attenborough ("Chrysta-bel"), Gunby Hadath, Walter E. Grogan, G. Hubi-Newcombe, Ernest Alfieri, A. Horspool, May Byron, Alfred Hyatt, P. J. O'Reilly, Florence Hoare, Olga Fricksen, Ruth Ruther­ford, Percy J. Barrow, H. Ernest Hunt, Fred G. Bowles, and J. Anthony Macdonald. And even then the list is by no means complete.
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