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Folk Song In England

Author : Steve Roud
ISBN : 9780571309733
Genre : Music
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In Victorian times, England was famously dubbed the land without music - but one of the great musical discoveries of the early twentieth century was that England had a vital heritage of folk song and music which was easily good enough to stand comparison with those of other parts of Britain and overseas. Cecil Sharp, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Percy Grainger, and a number of other enthusiasts gathered a huge harvest of songs and tunes which we can study and enjoy at our leisure. But after over a century of collection and discussion, publication and performance, there are still many things we don't know about traditional song - Where did the songs come from? Who sang them, where, when and why? What part did singing play in the lives of the communities in which the songs thrived? More importantly, have the pioneer collectors' restricted definitions and narrow focus hindered or helped our understanding? This is the first book for many years to investigate the wider social history of traditional song in England, and draws on a wide range of sources to answer these questions and many more.
Category: Music

Folk Song In England

Author : A. L. Lloyd
ISBN : 0571245471
Genre : Folk music
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A seminal work by one of the most influential figures of the English folk revival of the 1950s, Folk Song in England (1967) is an expansive account of the development of English traditional song, from the very oldest, ritual verse, through epic balladry, to the development of lyrical song in the industrial era. In a unique and ambitious approach, Lloyd marries the tradition of folk-song scholarship, largely derived from Cecil Sharp, with the radical historiography of E. P. Thompson, and in so doing produces a work of exceptional insight. In particular, his defining of 'industrial folk song' reveals traditional verse as an ebullient, living expression of the working people, perfectly adaptable to reflect their ways and conditions of life.
Category: Folk music

Journal Of The Folk Song Society

Author : Folk-Song Society (Great Britain)
ISBN : STANFORD:36105117461223
Genre : Folk songs
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Contains music.
Category: Folk songs

Folk Music Of Britain And Beyond

Author : Frank Howes
ISBN : 9781317334576
Genre : Music
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Originally published in 1969. Until the latter half of the nineteenth century, it was thought that England, alone among the European countries, and unlike Scotland and Ireland where collections of ballads and songs had already been published as early as the eighteenth century, had no important native tradition of music. The founding of the (English) Folk-Song Society in 1898, however, and the pioneering work of such collectors as Lucy Broadwood, the Reverend S. Baring-Gould and, later, Cecil Sharp uncovered a still flourishing folk culture. Since then interest in this subject has grown steadily, and the bibliography of publications of actual folk-songs and ballads is now huge. Frank Howes sets out a general and scholarly introduction, first examining in detail the history and origins of folk music and going on to show the nature and vast amount of the material, enforcing his arguments with a wealth of examples from around the world. His discussion of the differences of national idiom leads on to a comparison of British folk music with that of other European countries and America, in which he pays due attention to the Celtic and Norse traditions. Separate sections on balladry, carols, street cries, broadsides, sea shanties, nursery rhymes and instruments illustrate both the variety of folk music and the extent to which it permeates our national heritage.
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English Folk Songs

Author : Ralph Vaughan Williams
ISBN : 9780141932880
Genre : Music
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This collection is filled with songs that tell of the pleasures and pains of love, the patterns of the countryside and the lives of ordinary people. Here are unfaithful soldiers, ghostly lovers, whalers on stormy seas, cuckolds and tricksters. By turns funny, plain-speaking and melancholic, these songs evoke a lost world and, with their melodies provided, record a vital musical tradition. Generations of inhabitants have helped shape the English countryside - but it has profoundly shaped us too.It has provoked a huge variety of responses from artists, writers, musicians and people who live and work on the land - as well as those who are travelling through it.English Journeys celebrates this long tradition with a series of twenty books on all aspects of the countryside, from stargazey pie and country churches, to man's relationship with nature and songs celebrating the patterns of the countryside (as well as ghosts and love-struck soldiers).
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Folk Song Style And Culture

Author : Alan Lomax
ISBN : 9780878556403
Genre : Music
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Song and dance style--viewed as nonverbal communications about culture--are here relatedto social structure and cultural history. Patterns of performance, theme, text and movement areanalyed in large samples of films an recordings from the whole range of human culture, accordingto the methods explained in this volume. Cantometrics, which means song as a measure of man,finds that traditions of singing trace the main historic distributions of human culture and thatspecific traits of performance are communications about identifiable aspects of society. Thepredictable and universal relations between expressive communication and social organiation,here established for the first time, open up the possibility of a scientific aesthetics, usefulto planners. Alan Lomax is Director, Cantometrics andChoreometrics Projects at Columbia University.
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