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The Mousmé

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

 
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

Recordings

Monckton: Songs from the shows
CDA67654Archive Service

Details

No 21: The Temple Bell  Once there dwelt a little maiden
Track 16 on CDA67654 [3'16] Archive Service

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