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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310            A CENTURY OF BALLADS
Crossley's ; and a duet, " Break, Divine Light," written for Clara Butt and Kennerley Rumford.
Owing perhaps to the virility of her songs, Frances Allitsen is often credited by the public with being a man, and frequently receives letters addressed to F. Allitsen, Esq. In this connection she tells an amusing story. Once when she was dining out, a gentleman who was also a guest, and who was unaware of her identity, happened to mention the name of one of her songs, and someĀ­one asked him whether he knew the composer. " Know old Frank Allitsen?" he said. "I should think I do. A jolly good chap he is too ; we often have a game of billiards together."
One of Florence Aylward's earliest musical recollections is a somewhat painful one. She had a children's quarrel with her sister as to which of them should have the use of the piano, and having secured the best of the argument, she sat down to play an arrangement of the
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