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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122              A CENTURY OF BALLADS
at Jules Riviere's Promenade Concerts under the conductorship of Sir Julius Benedict. She opened with the " Slumber Song " from Bach's Christmas Oratorio, which had a great reception ; but on the conclusion of her second song, Hullah's "Three Fishers," there was a tumult of ap­plause ; people rose in their places and cheered, waving hats and handkerchiefs in their excite­ment.
Hullah's setting of Adelaide Anne Procter's "The Storm' was also a popular song in its day ; as also was his " O that we two were may-ing," and a song from Kingsley's Water Babies, " I once had a dear little doll, dears."
As a teacher of singing, and as a lecturer and writer on music Hullah attained to a high position. For many years he gave concerts with his pupils in Exeter Hall, among which "four historical concerts illustrating in chronological order the rise and progress of English vocal music " were especially noteworthy.
Contemporary with Hullah was John Liptrot Hatton, composer of perhaps the finest love ballad in the English language, Herrick's "To Anthea." This song was first published in 1850, in a volume of settings of Herrick's poems, composed, as Hatton himself says in the preface, "at different times under various circumstances." The preface continues : " Some few of them were
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