Barnard [née Pye], Charlotte Alington [Claribel]
- Derek B. Scott
(b Louth, Lincs., Dec 23, 1830; d Dover, Jan 30, 1869). English ballad composer. She published two volumes of verse and some 100 songs, using the pseudonym ‘Claribel’. Forced by her father to break off a long engagement to another, she married Rev. Charles Cary Barnard in 1854; thus her success with such ‘jilt songs’ as Won't you tell me why, Robin? (1861) and Oh Mother! Take the wheel away (1865), was ironic. In 1857, moving to London, she studied with the pianist W.H. Holmes and leading singers such as Charlotte Sainton-Dolby, for whom Janet's Choice (1859), her first success, was written. Its verse and refrain form contrasted with the more usual strophic settings of that time. Writing her own words allowed formal flexibility. The most commercially successful composer in Boosey's ballad catalogue, she was the first to enjoy a royalty arrangement. Her melodic dexterity is evident in ...