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Vaughan Williams on Music$
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David Manning

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195182392

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182392.001.0001

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Introduction to Folk Songs from the Eastern Counties

Introduction to Folk Songs from the Eastern Counties

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(p.183) Chapter 37 Introduction to Folk Songs from the Eastern Counties
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Vaughan Williams on Music
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David Manning

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182392.003.0038

The 15 melodies that are arranged in this book are part of a much larger collection made in the Eastern Counties. It is not to be supposed that they are the exclusive property of the counties to which they are credited; all that is claimed for them is that they certainly are sung in these counties, and that most of the melodies have not as yet been discovered elsewhere. It will be noticed that, while six songs from Essex and seven from Norfolk are given, there are only two from Cambridgeshire and none from Suffolk. This means, not that these two counties are less rich in folk song than the others, but simply that time and opportunity have not yet been found to explore them. It is to be hoped that an acquaintance with the melodies here given will incite others to explore those parts of East Anglia which are still unsearched.

Keywords:   Eastern Counties, counties, melodies, Essex, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk, folk song, East Anglia

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