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The Mousmé
First line:
Once there dwelt a little maiden
first performed on 9 September 1911 at the Shaftesbury Theatre
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'Monckton: Songs from the shows' (CDA67654)
Monckton: Songs from the shows
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

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