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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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Traditional Arts in the Twentieth Century

Traditional Arts in the Twentieth Century

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(p.242) (p.243) Chapter 50 Traditional Arts in the Twentieth Century
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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/9780195182392.003.0051

The revival of folk song and dance has been active for nearly 40 years. The folk dance and song stand or fall entirely on their intrinsic merits. This is one of the ways in which the folk song has evolved. Nobody wants an obscurantist policy; it should not be the object of the Society to recreate outward accidents of folk song and dance. The folk song as a concert singer sings it, the folk dance as a member of the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) dances it, is necessarily something different from the same tune or dance when collected from a traditional singer or dancer. Surely the dance has evolved, whether we wish it or no, from the first moment that Cecil Sharp taught, to a girl from a factory, steps that he had learnt from a country labourer.

Keywords:   folk song, obscurantist policy, folk dance, Cecil Sharp

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