Recorder Home Page Databases

Printer Friendly
Export to Excel
Export to Word
Export to HTML
Export to XML
Export to CSV
Export to PDF
First Date 1903
Last Date unknown
Title L’Allegro up to Date, Punch 124-125 (16 December 1903: 424.
Author A.A. Sykes
Quote But come, thou Mistress FLORENCE FARR,
So buxom, blithe, and debonarr,
Haste thee, nymph, and bring with thee
Care dispelling jollity . . .
The old forgotten dancing-lore,
The steps we cannot understand,
DOLMETSCH agrees to take in hand,
These on the well-trod stage anon,
When next our learned sock is on,
We’ll show, while ARNOLD, Fancy’s child,
Tootles his native wood-wind wild.
These delights if thous canst give,
Miss Farr, within thy Club* I’ll live.
Notes *The Sesame Club, where Florence Farr and her dancers performed in that year.

It is not hard to recognise this portrait of Arnold Dolmetsch, "tootleing his native wood-wind wild." But this presents something of a mystery. Is this verse curiously prophetic (as Cambell (1975: 151) has it, or was Arnold Dolmetsch actually tootling on a recorder before he purchased the original Bressan recorder in 1905 (now in the Horniman Museum, London)?
References Cambell (1975)
Recorder Home Page Databases (1996—2014). All rights reserved.