This is the score for ‘Rose of England’, a patriotic song from the 1937 musical Crest of the Wave. The music is by Ivor Novello, a composer and popular early 20th-century entertainer, with lyrics by Christopher Hassall.
It is one of several music hall or show songs that are referenced in Wise Children, Angela Carter’s last novel. Wise Children’s protagonists are Dora and Nora Chance, twins and former chorus girls, now celebrating their 75th birthday. Gorgeous George, the music hall performer who represents the decline of the British Empire, performs ‘Rose of England’ at Brighton Pier Pavilion.
- Full title:
- Crest of the wave. / Devised, written and composed by Ivor Novello. Lyrics by Christopher Hassall
- c. 1937, London
- Music / Illustration / Image
- Ivor Novello, Christopher Hassall
- Usage terms
'Rose of England'
Words by Christopher Hassall
Music by Ivor Novello
© 1937 Chappell and Co Ltd (London), London W8 5DA
Reproduced by permission of Faber Music Ltd
All Rights Reserved.
Published under a Creative Commons Non-Commercial Licence.
- Held by
- British Library
- Article by:
- Greg Buzwell
- Literature 1950–2000, Art, music and popular culture
Legitimacy and illegitimacy, high and low culture, north versus south London, everything in Wise Children has duality at its heart. Greg Buzwell examines Angela Carter’s last novel, the story of Dora and Nora Chance, the Hazard acting dynasty, and a life lived in the public gaze.
- Article by:
- Kate Webb
- Gender and sexuality, Literature 1950–2000, Art, music and popular culture
Kate Webb introduces Angela Carter's Wise Children, which uses Shakespeare, carnival and Hollywood to challenge distinctions between high and low culture and explore the relationship between energy and disorder.