Sung by Derek B. Scott, Professor of Critical Musicology, University of Leeds, to his own piano accompaniment.

Professor Scott explains that Frederick Cowen, who was born in Kingston, Jamaica, was a pianist and conductor as well as a composer. He was to feel a little embarrassed by his drawing room ballads in later life. This touching ballad of a dream of lost happiness was written when he was a young man, although it seems to portray an elderly person’s memories of time spent with a departed loved one..


Scott, Derek B. The Singing Bourgeois: Songs of the Victorian Drawing Room and Parlour. 2nd ed. Aldershot, Hampshire; Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2001.

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