Maria Lindsay Bliss (1827-1898) was born in Wimbledon, Surrey, England, daughter of the Reverend Henry Lindsay. She married the Reverend John Worthington Bliss (1832-1917) who became Canon and Rector of Betteshanger, near Sandwich, Kent. She was one of the first 19th century women to achieve commercial success as an English songwriter. Her publisher, Robert Cocks & Co., signed her up on an exclusive contract. During 1860s she was second only to Franz Abt as the most popular composer in their song catalogue. Her popularity lasted through the century and in 1900, after her death, Wickins and Co. published Album of Miss M. Lindsay’s Songs. She also corresponded with Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and set some of his poems in song. She died in Betteshanger.
All are SATB and unaccompanied unless noted in VOICING column. A noting of “div” indicates some divisi within a part or parts, but usually not a true independent part throughout the work. Solos and accompaniment are also noted.
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