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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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Arthur Somervell

Arthur Somervell

(p.235) Chapter 48 Arthur Somervell
Vaughan Williams on Music

David Manning

Oxford University Press

Arthur Somervell was one of the first products of the contention that the musician's art should be the consummation of a liberal education, which Somervell obtained at Uppingham School and King's College, Cambridge. He learnt to look on folk song as the foundation of musical culture, and when he became a power in the educational councils of the nation he lost no time in putting that theory into practice. Unfortunately, in those days, opinion on the true nature of folk song was very inchoate, and in a Blue Book published in 1906, while on the one hand the use of folk songs in schools was strongly advocated, at the same time the list of songs printed to support this view had no connection with true folk song.

Keywords:   Arthur Somervell, liberal education, Uppingham School, King's College, folk songs, Blue Book, Grasmere Carol

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