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The Music of Dickens and His Time / Giles, Healey, Hill, Humphries; The Seven Dials Band

Audio Samples

>Traditional, American : College Hornpipe
>Hullah, John Pyke : Some Folks Who Have Grown Old, song
>Traditional, English : The Rat Catcher's Daughter
>Warren, Joseph : Home, Sweet Home, song
>Traditional, English : Begone Dull Care, folk song
>Burnett, Henry : The Ivy Green, song
>Dibdin, Charles : The Young Jolly Waterman, song
>Bayly, Thomas Haynes : The Soldier's Tear, song
>O'Keeffe, John : Old Towler, song
>Townsend, Dave : The Fine Old English Gentleman, song
>Wilson, W. : The David Copperfield Polkas, for ensemble
>Braham, John : All's Well, song
>Townsend, Dave : A Country Life, song
>Beuler, Jacon : Shiver and Shakery, the Man Who Couldn't Get Warm, song
>Beuler, Jacon : Mr. Wardle's Carol, song
>Merriott, Edwin : The Christmas Carol Quadrilles, for ensemble
>Moore, Thomas : Believe me if all those endearing young charms, song for voice & piano
>Traditional, English : The Workhouse Boy, folk song
>Townsend, Dave : A Child's Hymn, song
>Langford, Gordon : Sir Roger de Coverley

Album Summary

>Traditional, American : College Hornpipe
>Hullah, John Pyke : Some Folks Who Have Grown Old, song
>Traditional, English : The Rat Catcher's Daughter
>Warren, Joseph : Home, Sweet Home, song
>Traditional, English : Begone Dull Care, folk song
>Burnett, Henry : The Ivy Green, song
>Dibdin, Charles : The Young Jolly Waterman, song
>Bayly, Thomas Haynes : The Soldier's Tear, song
>O'Keeffe, John : Old Towler, song
>Townsend, Dave : The Fine Old English Gentleman, song
>Wilson, W. : The David Copperfield Polkas, for ensemble
>Braham, John : All's Well, song
>Townsend, Dave : A Country Life, song
>Beuler, Jacon : Shiver and Shakery, the Man Who Couldn't Get Warm, song
>Beuler, Jacon : Mr. Wardle's Carol, song
>Merriott, Edwin : The Christmas Carol Quadrilles, for ensemble
>Moore, Thomas : Believe me if all those endearing young charms, song for voice & piano
>Traditional, English : The Workhouse Boy, folk song
>Townsend, Dave : A Child's Hymn, song
>Langford, Gordon : Sir Roger de Coverley
Performers Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

American Record Guide, July / August 2012
This is one of the best programs I've seen that connects music with literature. The music is a delight as a glimpse into the 19th Century even if one doesn't know or care about the literary background.

Notes & Reviews:

This collection of vocal and instrumental music is made up of pieces associated in one way or another with Charles Dickens' life and work. The majority of them are popular tunes he refers to in his novels, including the familiar College Hornpipe, the country dance Sir Roger de Coverly, and songs like Believe Me, if All Those Endearing Young Charms, and Home, Sweet Home. Another category included is songs from operettas for which Dickens wrote the texts, mostly in his youth. There are also several instrumental pieces by his contemporaries written in homage to the novels, including the Christmas Carol Quadrilles and polkas named for characters from David Copperfield. Much of the music reflects the sweetness and gentility of Victorian sensibilities, but there are also examples of rowdy, comic, or gruesome ballads that would have been popular with the working classes. The Seven Dials Band, an ensemble of singers and instrumentalists, many of whom both sing and play, delivers delightful performances. The singing is clean, expressive, and pleasantly unmannered. The ensemble, which includes oboe, clarinet, serpent, trombone, tuba, fiddle, cello, harp, concertina, piano, and percussion, plays with grace and spirit, without overdoing the kitsch of some of the material. The album is loads of fun; the performers draw just the appropriate sentiment from the music, whether it's earnestly sincere, boisterous, or just plain silly. The sound of the CD, recorded in 1996, is clear and natural. ~ Stephen Eddins



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Works Details

>Traditional, American : College Hornpipe
  • Performer: The Seven Dials Band
  • Ensemble: The Seven Dials Band
  • Running Time: 1 min. 29 sec.
  • Form: Christmas

>Hullah, John Pyke : Some Folks Who Have Grown Old, song
  • Performers: The Seven Dials Band; Margaret Knight (Harp); Margaret Knight (Voice)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Form: Vocal

>Traditional, English : The Rat Catcher's Daughter
  • Performers: Ian Giles (Tenor); The Seven Dials Band
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.

>Warren, Joseph : Home, Sweet Home, song
  • Performer: The Seven Dials Band
  • Running Time: 2 min. 55 sec.
  • Form: Vocal

>Traditional, English : Begone Dull Care, folk song
  • Performer: The Seven Dials Band
  • Running Time: 1 min. 51 sec.

>Burnett, Henry : The Ivy Green, song
  • Performers: The Seven Dials Band; Christopher Watson, (Voice)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Form: Vocal

>Dibdin, Charles : The Young Jolly Waterman, song
  • Performers: Ian Giles (Tenor); The Seven Dials Band
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Vocal

>Bayly, Thomas Haynes : The Soldier's Tear, song
  • Performers: The Seven Dials Band; Margaret Knight (Harp); Margaret Knight (Voice)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Vocal

>O'Keeffe, John : Old Towler, song
  • Performer: The Seven Dials Band
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Vocal

>Townsend, Dave : The Fine Old English Gentleman, song
  • Performers: Tim Healey (Voice); The Seven Dials Band
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Wilson, W. : The David Copperfield Polkas, for ensemble
  • Performer: The Seven Dials Band
  • Running Time: 4 min. 42 sec.

>Braham, John : All's Well, song
  • Performers: The Seven Dials Band; Paul Sartin (Baritone); Giles Underwood (Bass)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal

>Townsend, Dave : A Country Life, song
  • Performers: The Seven Dials Band; Margaret Knight (Harp); Margaret Knight (Voice)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Beuler, Jacon : Shiver and Shakery, the Man Who Couldn't Get Warm, song
  • Performers: Ian Giles (Tenor); The Seven Dials Band
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Form: Vocal

>Beuler, Jacon : Mr. Wardle's Carol, song
  • Performers: The Seven Dials Band; Paul Sartin (Baritone)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 14 sec.
  • Form: Vocal

>Merriott, Edwin : The Christmas Carol Quadrilles, for ensemble
  • Performer: The Seven Dials Band
  • Running Time: 5 min. 42 sec.
  • Form: Christmas

>Moore, Thomas : Believe me if all those endearing young charms, song for voice & piano
  • Performers: The Seven Dials Band; Margaret Knight (Harp); Margaret Knight (Voice)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Traditional, English : The Workhouse Boy, folk song
  • Performers: Ian Giles (Tenor); The Seven Dials Band
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.

>Townsend, Dave : A Child's Hymn, song
  • Performers: Rachel Eddy (Voice); The Seven Dials Band
  • Running Time: 2 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Langford, Gordon : Sir Roger de Coverley
  • Performer: The Seven Dials Band
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary