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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, "tootling 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)
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