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First for a few more late Victorian composers of musicals. Arthur Trevelyan and C.W. Cottingham combined for The Barker, toured in 1892. Another combination, Auscal Tate and Neille O’Donovan (can these names be real?) produced His Highness in 1893, which was heard just once, at an Opéra-Comique charity matinée. Two more singleton composers were Merton Clark, responsible for The Water Babes, toured in 1894; and Evan Kefe, whose one piece was a "nautical comic opera", Love and War was toured in the following year, 1895.

The present-day arranger and composer Peter Hope has been discussed previously in this series but there are a few Hopes from earlier in the 20th Century with whom he should not be confused. Brian Hope, for example, with his orchestral miniatures Dream Castles, In a Fairy Boat, In a Gondola, Laguna Lullaby, Phantom Minuet, Pierrot’s Serenade, Under the Trees, Water Lilies and Nocturnette, several of which were apparently scored by Albert Ketèlbey. Perhaps the titles attracted him. Then there are John Hope, who contributed the song Paradise Square to Waller and Tunbridge musical Virginia of 1928, Barbara Melville Hope, whose ballads include All My Very Own, Little Holes in Heaven, The House of Happiness, A Little Coon’s Prayer, Wondering Eyes, My Night My Dawn, My Day, Winnin’ Thro’ and You Don’t Believe in Fairies? And one H. Hope who is credited with the South Down March.

Philip L Scowcroft

October 2001

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