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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: 3 minutes 17 seconds

Simon the Cellarer
First line:
Old Simon the cellarer keeps a rare store
composer
author of text

Introduction
John Liptrot Hatton belonged to a class of entertainers at the piano who were highly popular in Victorian Britain. Despite a rudimentary musical education, he was a prolific composer, his works embracing religious and stage music as well as songs. He toured America, as well as Britain, and was recognised as a jolly character, with a head one lady admirer likened to ‘a boiled egg with a fringe round it’. His character seems to be reflected in this 1850s song about the wine-loving Simon, which became a favourite of Victorian baritone Charles Santley, who—like Hatton himself—was from Liverpool.

from notes by Andrew Lamb 2003

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