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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blossom swayed almost to the water's edge. It is there that one can picture the " robin atilt in the apple-tree." Another song, "The Bell," was written at Mentone, when she was lying ill in bed at sunset, and listening to the sound of a church-bell tolling.
Teresa del Riego's most successful songs, besides those already mentioned, are "Happy Song," "My Gentle Child," "Slave Song," "A Land of Roses," and "To Phyllida " ("The Ladies of St. James "). Her most serious work published as yet is the song-cycle Gloria, words by the Hon. Stephen Coleridge, and the series of songs known as Music Pictures. But, as in the case of other composers, many that are most dear to her own heart have never yet appeared in print.
The first of Guy d'Hardelot's songs to see the light was "Sans Toi." She sang it at a soiree in Paris, and Victor Maurel, who was present, asked her what it was. She told him a little unpub­lished MS. He advised her to publish it at once. This circumstance had a great influence on Guy d'Hardelot's future life. For one thing, it made her decide to take up music professionally, and for another it brought her in touch with Calve, with whom she went on a six months' tour in America, which had the effect of popularising her songs in that country, where "Sans Toi'
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