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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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Let Us Remember…Early Days

Let Us Remember…Early Days

(p.251) Chapter 52 Let Us Remember…Early Days
Vaughan Williams on Music

David Manning

Oxford University Press

This book describes early reactions to folk songs through John Stainer and Henry Ramsden Bramley's Christmas Carols New and Old. Stainer and Bramley's book contained some pretty poor stuff; nevertheless, it was the means of introducing to the public for the first time some of the most beautiful traditional melodies. One of the by-products of the William Morris movement was the cult of the Christmas carol, especially the “Cherry Tree” carol tune, which has remained a fragrant possession to my mind, much more beautiful than later discoveries to the same words. This is how the folk song can stimulate the composer. England has been laughed at for trying to form a national style by tacking on that bit of English folk song to a hotch potch of Richard Wagner, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, and Claude Debussy.

Keywords:   folk songs, John Stainer, Henry Ramsden Bramley, Christmas Carols, traditional melodies, William Morris, Cherry Tree, carol tune, Richard Wagner, Pyotr Tchaikovsky

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