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Hyperion Records

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At the Piano by Robert Beyschlag (1838-1903)
Anthony Mitchell Paintings, Nottingham / Fine Art Photographic Library, London
Track(s) taken from CDA67374
Recording details: January 2002
Champs Hill, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: June 2003
Total duration: 2 minutes 32 seconds

A Song of Sleep
First line:
Sleep, darling, sleep, the daylight
author of text

The place of ballads in the drawing-rooms of the British aristocracy is well demonstrated by the involvement of Lord Henry Richard Charles Somerset. The second son of the 8th Duke of Beaufort, he was married at the age of 24 to the daughter of the third Earl of Somer. It was apparently a marriage of convenience and was not a success. While Lady Somerset, an heiress in her own right, devoted herself to philanthropic work, her husband pursued a variety of endeavours. These included the post of Comptroller of Her Majesty’s Household from 1874 to 1879, as well as song composition. Later he lived in Florence, where he died.

from notes by Andrew Lamb 2003

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