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

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144            A CENTURY OF BALLADS
she controlled a powerful contralto voice, the exquisite intonation, perfect enunciation, and noble declamation which distinguished her sing­ing, caused her to take a very high place, not only among English, but among European artists of the present century."
As a composer Sainton-Dolby wrote several pleasing ballads, many of which she used to sing herself. Among those were " My love he stands upon the quay," "When we are old and grey," "The White Cockade," the words of all three by Weatherly; "The Faded Letter," words by H. M. Burnside; "Teddington Lock," words by Edward Oxenford ; and " In the old-fashioned way," which was sung at one time by Edward Lloyd. She also published a setting of the "Sands of Dee."
I have named Lady Dufferin as the composer of "Oh, Bay of Dublin," and as such she is always regarded. It is therefore somewhat curious to find the song entered in the British Museum music catalogue thus :
" Oh, Bay of Dublin "—Irish melody. Sung- and composed by Miss Dolby. The words written and the music arranged by Lady Dufferin.
It would be interesting to learn, if the entry is correct, how much of the melody as we now know it may be credited to Miss Dolby, and how much to Lady Dufferin.
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