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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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Address to the Fifth Conference of the International Folk Music Council

Address to the Fifth Conference of the International Folk Music Council

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(p.264) (p.265) Chapter 57 Address to the Fifth Conference of the International Folk Music Council
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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/9780195182392.003.0058

This chapter discusses Ralph Vaughan Williams's address to the Fifth Conference of the International Folk Music Council. The English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) exists for the purpose of preserving and disseminating the folk songs and dances of England in their traditional forms. However, the disseminators and the preservers do not always see eye to eye. The disseminators are so anxious that the whole country should take a practical part in the discoveries that they are sorely tempted to put quantity in the place of quality. The preservers, on the other hand, are too apt to allow folk song and dance to become a dead art, an affair of libraries and dry discussion. Williams has no quarrel with popular music, but he does feel that the International Council should confine itself to what is truly traditional.

Keywords:   Ralph Vaughan Williams, Folk Music Council, EFDSS, folk songs, dances, England, traditional forms, disseminators, preservers, popular music

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