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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84              A CENTURY OF BALLADS
Carew's " He that loves a rosy cheek ' by Miss M. B. Hawes.
Nor must we forget the Chevalier Neukomm's setting of Barry Cornwall's "The sea, the sea, the open sea," which Charles Mackay describes in his Reminiscences as "the lustiest musical nuisance that ever took possession of the town, and that swept everything else before it with remorseless and irresistible tyranny." The Chevalier, who arrived in England in 1831, also wrote " Napoleon's Midnight Review," which made quite a sensation at the time.
One other composer remains to be mentioned as dating from this period, though his work covers a large portion of the century. This was John Blockley, the music-publisher, who was born in 1800 and died in 1882. He was the composer of a large number of popular songs, of which some of the best known were the " Arab's Farewell," " Love Not," " Many happy returns of the day" (still sung at birthday parties), "The Englishman," "The Charge of the Light Brigade," "The Christian Martyr," "Hearts and Homes," and "Listening Angels."
One of his biggest successes, however, was a so-called "Scotch' song, "Jessie's Dream," which was written under somewhat peculiar cir­cumstances. The author of the words was Benjamin Britten, who wrote a number of popular
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