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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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Preface to International Catalogue of Recorded Folk Music

Preface to International Catalogue of Recorded Folk Music

(p.272) (p.273) Chapter 59 Preface to International Catalogue of Recorded Folk Music
Vaughan Williams on Music

David Manning

Oxford University Press

Folk music is one of the good things of this world which, like freedom, health, and prosperity, one values most when one is in danger of losing it. There is, however, no need for despondency, for the very agencies that have been the enemies of folk music are being pressed into its service, as is shown by the International Catalogue of Recorded Folk Music. Through the processes of mechanical recording, folk music is not only being preserved but is being made available for study and enjoyment by a wider circle than has ever before been possible. The printed or written notation on which one has hitherto had to rely gives one the form and substance of folk music; but, however accurate it may be, it cannot portray all the subtle nuances of intonation, rhythm, and ornamentation that give the style and character of the folk musician's art.

Keywords:   folk music, catalogue, International Catalogue, mechanical recording, written notation, form, substance, folk musician, art

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