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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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Appeal on Behalf of the English Folk Dance and Song Society

Appeal on Behalf of the English Folk Dance and Song Society

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(p.261) Chapter 55 Appeal on Behalf of the English Folk Dance and Song Society
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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/9780195182392.003.0056

This chapter is an appeal on behalf of the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) for the restoration of the Cecil Sharp House. The music which lived in their hearts was gradually discovered by musicians who were able to write it down and thus preserve it, for before that the songs had only existed in the minds of their singers. The chance came in 1904, when Cecil Sharp went down to Somerset and found that there, as indeed all over England, almost every village had its songs and dances—songs of classical beauty and dances that only an Englishman could dance. Now these songs and dances were in danger of being forgotten by the younger generation, and Cecil Sharp saw at once that this precious age-old heritage must be preserved in permanent form before it was too late, and not only preserved but given back to the people.

Keywords:   EFDSS, Cecil Sharp, England, songs, dances

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