Music

What They Were Singing in Nineteenth Century Parlors

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Sarah Knapp sings one of the most popular parlor songs of the nineteenth century: “I Dreamt That I Dwelt in Marble Halls.” She is accompanied by Steven Alper.

I Dreamt That I Dwelt in Marble Halls

From The Bohemian Girl
, an opera composed by Michael Balfe;
libretto by Alfred Bunn

I dreamt that I dwelt in marble halls,
With vassals and serfs at my side,
And of all who assembled within those walls,
That I was the hope and the pride.
I had riches too great to count, could boast
Of a high ancestral name;
But I also dreamt, which pleased me most,
That you lov’d me still the same…
That you lov’d me, you lov’d me still the same,

That you lov’d me, you lov’d me still the same.

I dreamt that suitors sought my hand;
That knights upon bended knee,
And with vows no maiden heart could withstand,
They pledg’d their faith to me;
And I dreamt that one of that noble host
Came forth my hand to claim.
But I also dreamt, which charmed me most,
That you lov’d me still the same…
That you lov’d me, you lov’d me still the same,

That you lov’d me, you lov’d me still the same.

1 thought on “Music”

  1. Appealing and charming! The performance shows that this 19th Century fare, though sentimental and even cloying, required expert vocal technique to put across — a technique that this vocalist surely has!

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