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COMPOSERS OF SULLIVAN'S DAY 175
According to Musical Jottings he also wrote a " charming and very pretty soprano song' entitled " Welcome, Pretty Primrose," sung by Zare Thalberg. "This," adds our critic, "is the most fashionable song for the drawing-room this month." Such is fame !
The songs of Henry Pontet, or to give him his full and rightful name, Theodore Auguste Marie Joseph Piccolomini, were both numerous and popular. The most popular of those written under his own name was undoubtedly "Whisper and I shall hear," to which there is rather an interesting little story attached. The song had been bought by Osborn and Tuckwood, and put away in a safe, where it had lain languishing for no less a period than four and a half years. One day D'Auvergne Barnard, while acting as musical adviser to the firm, fished it out, and was immediately struck with its possibilities. "This will be a great song," said he—and it was. The words of this song were written by G. Hubi-Newcombe, who also wrote the "Haven of Love," with the same composer.
Piccolomini wrote a great number of sacred songs. He was in the habit of selling his songs outright for a small sum, and " Ora Pro Nobis" is said to have brought him a five-pound note. On the other hand, the publishers bought an infinite number of manuscripts from him which they