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The Railway Bell(e) part 01

The Railway Bell(e) part 01

Composer: Clifton, Harry

Medium: Lithograph, coloured

Date: 1865

Shelfmark: H.1264.(10.)

Item number: Tract (10.)

Genre: Printed Music and Illustrated Cover

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It was the comic singers who epitomised 'Music Hall' and the adoption of an instantly recognisable character was essential. Harry Clifton was a popular and talented performer who could quickly change from a cheeky cockney to a heartbroken suitor to the delight of the audiences. Unusually he wrote the majority of the music as well as the words for his songs and knew just when to wink or add a musical flourish to turning a seemingly innocent statement into a really rather risqué innuendo.

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