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The Mousmé
First line:
Once there dwelt a little maiden
first performed on 9 September 1911 at the Shaftesbury Theatre
author of text

'Monckton: Songs from the shows' (CDA67654)
Monckton: Songs from the shows
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No 21: The Temple Bell  Once there dwelt a little maiden

The Mousmé
The Mousmé (Shaftesbury, 9 September 1911) was the successor to The Arcadians. It went back to the Orient that had served so well in Sullivan’s The Mikado as well as in Sidney Jones’s The Geisha and San Toy. It also looked forward to the shows of Ivor Novello in featuring a spectacular earthquake. The sublime waltz The Temple Bell was sung by Florence Smithson, a coloratura soprano, and it necessitated Monckton writing for a voice very different from those available to him at the Gaiety.

from notes by Andrew Lamb © 2008

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDA67654 track 16
The Temple Bell
Recording date
3 July 2007
Recording venue
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
Tony Faulkner
Hyperion usage
  1. Monckton: Songs from the shows (CDA67654)
    Disc 1 Track 16
    Release date: April 2008
    Deletion date: August 2013
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