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

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76              A CENTURY OF BALLADS
which was published by D'Almaine, Planche determined to get this state of things altered. Accordingly, when The Mason of Buday with music by George Rodwell, was produced, Planche entered a protest, and demanded an additional fee before publication. His protest was disre­garded and the music published, whereupon he went to Cumberland, the proprietor of the theatre, and assigned the whole rights to him. D'Almaine had then to deal with Cumberland, and was eventually obliged to pay.
Planche adds, in concluding his account: "I recollect being warmly thanked by my old acquaintance Fitzball, to whom D'Almaine had sent in a great pucker, and paid him for a host of things for which otherwise he would not have received a farthing ; and from that time I have been fairly paid by the music publishers for the right of printing the words of my operas."
The same year which saw the publication of "Gentle Zitella," 1829, is noteworthy for the appearance of probably the first lithographed song-title, which was exhibited in Willis's music-shop window in the Egyptian Hall, Piccadilly.
The song in question was "I'd be a Butterfly," the words and music of which were by Thomas Haynes Bayly. Bayly was also the author of " Oh no, we never mention her," said to be the outcome of an unfortunate love affair—a curious
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