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In the gloaming

composer
1877
author of text

 
Behind this enduringly popular song lies another supposedly true and affecting love story. Annie Fortescue Harrison, born in Calcutta and the daughter of a Conservative MP, went on holiday to Hillsborough Castle in County Down, the seat of the Marquis of Downshire. There she fell in love with Lord Arthur Hill, younger son of the 4th Marquis. Lord Arthur’s first wife had died a year after their marriage, and supposedly differences in social class made Miss Fortescue Harrison an unacceptable replacement. For whatever reason, she quietly left Hillsborough and expressed her feelings by setting these verses to music. Lord Arthur then heard the song at a concert in London, leading to their reunion and their marriage in March 1877. The song was published that year, at first under the composer’s maiden name and then with her married name added, with a dedication to its original singer, the baritone Signor Campobello (né Campbell). Lord Arthur Hill became MP for County Down and later West Down, and was Comptroller of Queen Victoria’s household between 1885 and 1898. Though Lady Arthur Hill went on composing, she never matched the success of this early song. Her lyricist, Meta Caroline Orred, was born in Scotland, but lived most of her life in Hampshire. She published various collections of poetry in the 1870s.

from notes by Andrew Lamb © 2003

Recordings

In praise of Woman
CDH55159
More songs my father taught me
CDA67374

Details

Track 26 on CDA67374 [2'22]
Track 4 on CDH55159 [2'36]

Track-specific metadata for CDA67374 track 26

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-03-37426
Duration
2'22
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 26
    Release date: June 2003
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