Sheet Music: The Last Link is Broken

TitleThe Last Link is Broken
ComposerWilliam Clifton (1800–1870)
InstrumentationFlute duet
KeyG major
Time signature2/4
Tempo72 BPM
Performance time1:10
Difficulty leveleasy
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Date added2020-04-27
Last updated2020-04-27
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Monday 27 April 2020

Tune of the Day: The Last Link is Broken

arranged for two flutes

This sentimental song, first published around 1831, is usually attributed to a composer and arranger named William Clifton, about whom very little is known. At least one publication, however, claims that the subject was “selected from Mozart”. The lyrics, on the other hand, come from a poem by Fanny Steers (1797–1861), an English painter best known for her small-scale landscapes.

The last link is broken that bound me to thee,
And the words thou hast spoken have rende'rd me free;
That bright glance, misleading, on others may shine;
Those eyes smiled unheeding when tears burst from mine.

I have not loved lightly, I'll think on thee yet,
I'll pray for thee nightly till life's sun has set.

The present arrangement for two flutes appeared in Blake's Young Flutist's Magazine, published in Philadelphia in 1833. Therein, it is erroneously attributed to Lord Byron.