Composed by Teresa del Riego in London in 1901. The opening bars of this piece bear a remarkable resemblance to the last movement of Sibelius’s Symphony No 5. Grove’s Dictionary states that Sibelius finished his work in 1915. Could it be that the great composer of Finlandia
knew O dry those tears!
? The song’s world-wide fame in the first decade of this century makes this a tantalizing possibility.
from notes by Robert White © 1995