Seven Dials Band: Music Of Charles Dickens And His

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Label: Warner Classics
Catalog: 2564661451
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The Music of Charles Dickens and his Time 1. The College Hornpipe (1.27) A popular dance tune, perhaps 18th century in origin. Dickens refers to it both in Dombey and Son and in David Copperfield 2. Some Folks Who Have Grown Old (2.50) A song from The Village Coquettes, a comic operetta written by the young Dickens, with music by John Pyke Hullah. 3. The Ratcatcher's Daughter (3.29) Dickens notices the sheet music for the Ratcatcher's Daughter in a music shop 'having every polka with a coloured frontispiece that ever was published’. 4. Home, Sweet Home (2.53) Dickens regaled the ladies' cabin with an accordion during his first voyage to the United States. 'You can't think with what feeling I play Home Sweet Home every night, or how pleasantly sad it makes us,' 5. Begone, Dull Care (1.49) A 17th-century glee still sung in Victorian times. Dickens makes reference to the song in several writings. 6. The Ivy Green (3.18) This piece, recited in The Pickwick Papers (Ch. 6) by the clergyman of Dingley Dell, proved to be Dickens's most popular song. The piano setting is by Henry Burnett, Dickens's brother-in-law. 7. The Young Jolly Waterman (3.11) A piece by Charles Dibdin, dramatist and songwriter, from his ballad opera The Waterrman. It is sung in The Pickwick Papers 8. The Soldier's Tear (3.44) A sentimental song in the great Victorian tradition. Reference is made to the song in Our Mutual Friend 9. Old Towler (3.04) A favourite hunting song written by John O'Keeffe, to which Dickens refers in Our Mutual Friend 10. The Fine Old English Gentleman (New Version) (3.23) Dickens wrote this savage satirical ballad ('to be said or sung at all Conservative dinners') for the liberal journal The Examiner; it was published in August 1841 The song is a parody of a popular ditty about a Fine Old English Gentleman who, 'while he feasted all the great,/ He ne'er forgot the small.' 11. The David Copperfield Polkas (4.40) Composed by W. Wilson, these were among many melodies put out by Victorian music publishers to exploit the sales potential of Dickens's name. The tunes take their titles from characters in David Copperfield 12. All's Well (3.54) A duet from The English Fleet (1805) with lyrics by Thomas Dibdin and music by John Braham Dickens refers to the song in Our Mutual Friend (Bk 3 Ch.7), and in The Old Curiosity Shop 13. A Country Life (3.30) A song written by Dickens for the comic operetta The Village Coquettes 14. Shiverand Shakery, the Man that Couldn't Get Warm (3.34) A comic song by Jacon Beuler with accompaniment by J. Clinton, to which Dickens refers in 'Dr Marigold's Prescription' in the Christmas Stories 15. Mr Wardle's Carol (4.12) A carol written by Dickens and sung in The Pickwick Papers by Mr Wardle during Christmas festivities at Dingley Dell. 16. The Christmas Carol Quadrilles (5.39) A set of tunes 'composed and dedicated to Charles Dickens Esq. by Edwin Merriott' according to the score. 17. Believe Me if All Those Endearing Young Charms (2.27) One of the great 19th-century love songs, written by the poet Thomas Moore whose Irish Melodies had a special attraction to Dickens. Mention is made of the song in The Old Curiosity Shop and in Bleak House 18. The Workhouse Boy (2.37) Comic and gruesome ballad of a workhouse boy who disappears on Christmas Eve only to be found later in the stewpot. 19. A Child's Hymn (2.26) Possibly written by Dickens himself, this hymn appeared in the Christmas number of Household Words for 1856. 20. Sir Roger de Coverley (4.51) The most famous of all English country dance tunes, often played at the end of a ball. A fiddler strikes up the tune to conclude Mr Fezziwig's party in A Christmas Carol and Dickens's delight in the dance is evident from his many references to it in his letters Seven Dials Band

Material for this album was found at The Charles Dickens Museum, 48 Doughty Street, London, (visit, and the Bodleian Library, Oxford

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