Rauzzini : O why my locks so yellow : Printable cover page
Composer: Venanzio Rauzzini (1746 - 1810)
Lyrics: Anna Seward
Anna Seward described a meeting in September, 1798 in Matlock Bath with "Miss Lee of Bath, author of "The Recess", etc. Two of her pupils were with her, one of whom is Miss Tickel, daughter to the sweet warbler, Mary Linley, who married Mr Tickel, and niece to the British Cecilia, the late Mrs Sheridan. This young lady sung to us with a thin, weak, but pretty voice, that wanted the sustaining power of instrumental accompaniment, and which, besides, was not modulated with Linleyan skill. She gave me, however, an opportunity, which I had wished for, of hearing the ballad sung which I made for Rauzzini to set, and which was sung so often at Bath last winter, - "O! why my locks so yellow," &c. It is sweetly adorned by the recitative and air."
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