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The doll song : from 'The water babies' opera

by Fred Hill (2000)

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The doll song / music by Freddie Hill ; words by Charles Kingsley.

Library shelf no. 783.66542/HIL 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

From Act III of the opera 'The Water babies'. It is sung by the fairy Mrs Doasyouwouldbedoneby to the assembled water babies.

Work Details

Year: 2000

Instrumentation: Soprano (or mezzo-soprano), piano.

Duration: 2 min.

Difficulty: Medium — Any level. Piano part moderate difficulty

Words adapted from those of Charles Kingsley.

The style harks back unashamedly to a certain style of Victorian parlour ballad popular in Britain and the USA, and by extension, Australia. I like to think that the choice of harmonies and tone-colours somewhat transcends this mawkish genre.

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