Saturday, January 5, 2013

Beautiful Venice

From the music collection of Susan Hopkins: "Beautiful Venice, An Admired Ballad", poetry by Joseph Edwards Carpenter and music by Joseph Philip Knight and published in 1841.  To listen to the melody... 

Joseph Edwards Carpenter (1813-1885) was an English composer and playwright. He wrote the lyrics to over 2500 tunes. Joseph Philip Knight (1812-1887) was an English organist and composer. He is mentioned in Sabine Baring-Gould's eight volume 1895 work, English Minstrelsie:  A National Monument of English Song:
Joseph Philip Knight, youngest son of the Rev. Francis Knight, D.D., was born at Bradford-on-Avon in 1812.  From an early age he manifested a great love of music, and a remarkable melodious faculty. When aged about twenty, he composed his first set of songs. After this, in company with Haynes Bayly, he produced a number of highly popular songs, of which that now gives ("Go, Forget Me", 1845) was the most famous and lasting in favour.  We have already given his grand song of "Rocked in the Cradle of the Deep," which was sung with immense success by Braham. Mr. Knight was ordained by the Bishop of Exeter to the charge of St. Agnes, in the Scilly Isles, where he resided two years, and then went abroad.  
This is a different arrangement from Susan's
sheet music, but simpler to post!
From The Songs and Ballads of J.E. Carpenter, published 1854

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