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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recently sold for over £2000 ; of C. A. Trew, Felix Corbett, and C. A. Lidgey ("Earl Bristol's Farewell"), Augustus Barratt ("My Ships"), together with the songs of Sir Joseph Barnby, whose "When the tide comes in" was a favourite of Antoinette Sterling's ; and Sir G. A. Macfarren's "The beating of mine own heart" (so constantly sung by Clara Novello) and "The lime trees by the river."
Gounod's sacred songs, such as " Nazareth " and "There is a green hill," must also be in­cluded. These were two of his earliest and were published by Novello. Afterwards Messrs. Phillips and Page approached the composer, and sent him a cheque with a request that he would set the words "The King of Love my Shepherd is." The completed manuscript reached the publishers within a few days of Gounod's receipt of their letter, and this song, which has had (and still has) an enormous sale, was followed by "Glory to Thee " and " For ever with the Lord," both commissioned in the same way.
After Gounod's death Mr. Sydney Page went to Paris and succeeded in purchasing the whole of Gounod's unpublished songs, amongst them being "O Divine Redeemer." All of these MSS. have now been published, with one ex­ception, namely, "Salve Regina," a facsimile of which is, by the kindness of Mr. Page, reproduced
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