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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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Cecil James Sharp (1859–1924)

Cecil James Sharp (1859–1924)

(p.237) Chapter 49 Cecil James Sharp (1859–1924)
Vaughan Williams on Music

David Manning

Oxford University Press

Cecil James Sharp, musician, author, and collector and arranger of English folk songs and dances, was born in London and was educated at Uppingham School and at Clare College, Cambridge. While at Cambridge he entered fully into the musical activities of the university. After taking his degree, Sharp went in 1882 to Adelaide, where he held the legal post of associate to the chief justice of South Australia. He was also during this period assistant organist of the cathedral and conductor of the Philharmonic Society. However, interest centres on the last 25 years of his life and in the gradual growth under his influence of the knowledge of the English traditional arts of music and dancing. In 1902 his experience as singing teacher at Ludgrove School led him to prepare and publish A Book of British Song. This contains both traditional melodies and “composed” music of a simple kind. A further book, Folk-Songs from Somerset, was published in 1904.

Keywords:   Cecil James Sharp, folk songs, Uppingham School, Clare College, Philharmonic Society, British Song, Somerset

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