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Yes! let me like a soldier fall

composer
1845
author of text

 
Some of the ballads most popular in Victorian drawing-rooms were extracted from the peculiarly British form of ballad opera. One of the classic ballad operas was Maritana, produced at Drury Lane Theatre, London, in 1845. Its several highly successful individual numbers include ‘Yes! Let me like a soldier fall’ for the opera’s hero, Don Caesar. The book of the opera was by Edward Fitzball (né Ball), who was born in Burwell, Cambridgeshire, and became a prolific dramatist after acquiring a taste for the theatre during a youthful visit to Norwich. The composer, William Vincent Wallace, was born in Waterford and died in the Pyrenees. In between he travelled across the world as violinist and pianist and acquired a reputation as an adventurer. It was Maritana that gave him renown as composer; but he never repeated its success.

from notes by Andrew Lamb © 2003

Recordings

More songs my father taught me
CDA67374

Details

Track 13 on CDA67374 [2'55]

Track-specific metadata for CDA67374 track 13

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-03-37413
Duration
2'55
Recording date
9 January 2002
Recording venue
Champs Hill, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. More songs my father taught me (CDA67374)
    Disc 1 Track 13
    Release date: June 2003
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