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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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Ella Mary Leather

Ella Mary Leather

(p.226) (p.227) Chapter 45 Ella Mary Leather
Vaughan Williams on Music

David Manning

Oxford University Press

A good folklorist needs to be scientifically accurate, artistically imaginative, and humanly sympathetic. It is the combination of these qualities that makes the success of Mrs Ella Mary Leather's Folklore of Herefordshire. This book is now a recognized authority on folklore and archaeology, while a complete number of the Journal of the Folk Song Society testifies to her power of discovering lovely melody in the usual unpromising circumstances. As to Ella's human sympathy, one only had to accompany her, as was more than once my privilege, on a folk-song collecting expedition among the gypsies of Herefordshire, to be astonished at her friendly reception by these proud and suspicious people. She understood them and they understood her; they knew that she was willing and anxious to help and advise them in all their difficulties, and in return they gave her of their best.

Keywords:   Ella Mary Leather, folklore, archaeology, Folk Song Society, folk song, gypsies, Herefordshire

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