Click on arrow to hear the song performed by Derek B. Scott, Professor of Critical Musicology, University of Leeds, to his own piano accompaniment c. 1980.

Professor Scott comments that this manner of performance, which Charles Dibdin pioneered at the end of the eighteenth century, is most associated with Henry Russell.

Henry Leslie was an English composer and conductor who was much admired as a choir trainer. Although Poe spelled the title of his poem "Annabel Lee," the song-title adds an extra "le."


Scott, Derek B. The Singing Bourgeois: Songs of the Victorian Drawing Room and Parlour. 2nd ed. Aldershot, Hampshire; Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2001.

Last modified 3 September 2007