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SONG-CYCLE AND SHORT SONG 291
Of late years Ronald has come rapidly to the front as a conductor, and in this connection it will be remembered that he won unanimous praise from the German critics for his conducting of the famous Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Since last year he has been the permanent conductor of the New Symphony Orchestra in London.
G. H. Clutsam's Songs from the Turkish Hills have already been mentioned as having been produced by Kennerley Rumford at Huddersfield. One of these, " I know of two bright eyes," has been one of the most popular songs of recent years. Other song-cycles of this composer are his Hesperides (settings of Herrick) and Songs of the Desert. Of his separate songs amongst the most popular are "Vanity Fair," "A Folk Song," "Life's Gifts," "I Wander the Woods," "The Dream Seller," and—a coon song, "Ma Curly-headed Babby, "which has enjoyed an extraordinary popularity.
Hermann Lohr's A Garland of Song; words by Harold Boulton, and The Little Sunbonnet and Songs of the Norseland, words by Edward Teschemacher, must find a place among modern song-cycles. Of the latter one number especially, " Eyes that used to gaze in mine," has proved immensely popular.
Of his separate songs mention may be made of