Henry R. Bishop

Sir Henry Rowley Bishop (1786-1855) was born in London, son of a watchmaker and haberdasher. He left full-time education at age 13 to work as a music-publisher with his cousin. He trained as a jockey and took lessons in harmony. He composed, arranged, and conducted dramatic musical productions at Covent Garden Theatre, King’s Theatre, Haymarket, Drury Lane, and Vauxhall Gardens. He was also one of the original directors of the Philharmonic Society. He was Professor of Music in the University of Edinburgh and at the University of Oxford. He composed or arranged about 120 dramatic works, including 80 operas, light operas, cantatas, and ballets, as well as composing incidental music for plays and arranged operas by well-known composers. His comic opera “Clari” featured a libretto by the American John Howard Payne, a musical version of Payne’s play “Clari, or The Maid of Milan.” The theme song “Home! Sweet Home!” became very popular. It was popular in the United States throughout the American Civil War. His other compositions include oratorios, part-songs, and glees. His second wife, singer Ann Rivière, sang in every continent and was the most widely travelled opera singer of the century. He had a plentiful income during his lifetime but died in poverty in London.

 

All are SATB and unaccompanied unless noted in VOICING column. A noting of “div” indicates some incidental divisi within a part or parts, but not a true independent part throughout the entire work. Solos and accompaniment are also noted.

 

TITLE

VOICING

TEXT

MIDI

Believe me, tears may ofttimes start

SSATB/piano

William Dimond

MIDI

Blow, blow, thou winter wind

 

Shakespeare

MIDI

Blow, gentle gales

 

Text

MIDI

Bright lady, sweet mistress

w/piano, B solo

- - - -

MIDI

Daughter of error!

 

Text

MIDI

Far away from every pleasure

 

Text

MIDI

Good night, good rest

 

Text

MIDI

Hark! the merry bells ring round

 

Text

MIDI

Joy, joy, raise the shout

w/piano

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MIDI

Now by day’s retiring lamp

 

Text

MIDI

Ronilda!

 

Text

MIDI

Sleep, gentle lady

w/piano

James Robinson Planché

MIDI

Sportive little trifler, tell me

 

Text

MIDI

Stay, pry’thee, stay

SSATTB/piano

Pocock

MIDI

The Chough & Crow to roost are gone

SSATB/SSB solos

Joanna Baillie

MIDI

The Fisherman’s “Good Night”

 

Text

MIDI

The Fox jump’d over the Parson’s gate

SSTTB

Text

MIDI

The Savoyard, from clime to clime

 

Text

MIDI

The silver queen

 

Text

MIDI

To harmony, seraphic maid!

 

Text

MIDI

Up! Quit thy bower

 

Joanna Baillie

MIDI

Where art thou, beam of light?

 

Ossian

MIDI