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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S IR JULIUS BENEDICT, or as his friends, much to his amusement, once dubbed him, "Sir Jubilee Benefit," was, of course, a con­temporary of Bishop's, and survived him for a good many years. Though not an Englishman by birth, England was the country of his adop­tion, and he is usually regarded as a British composer.
He was for many years conductor of the Monday Popular Concerts at St. James's Hall, and prior to that, as has already been men­tioned, he accompanied Jenny Lind on her tour through the United States, directing the whole of the concerts given on the tour. His own annual concert was a feature of the London musical season for over forty years. Benedict had contracted a great friendship with Madame Malibran, the famous singer, and De BeViot, the violinist, whom Malibran afterwards married. In Beale's Light of Other Days there is an account of how these annual concerts came to be instituted, given in Benedict's own words.
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