Lo! Here the Gentle Lark is a Coloratura aria with virtuoso Flute and Piano accompaniment whose flourishes, cadenzas, trills and Vocalise passages create much musical excitement. A high duet between Flute and Soprano near the end is particularly flamboyant and thrilling.
Henry R. Bishop was a composer active throughout the early 19th century, writing operas – though in the old style that was more akin to today’s musical theatre than to through-sung Continental opera – as well as many songs for theatrical performances and reworkings of other composers’ creations.
One of Britain’s most famous composers of his time, he was the first musician ever to be knighted – by Queen Victoria in 1842 – and has since fallen, mostly, into obscurity.