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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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The Diamond Jubilee of the Folk Song Society

The Diamond Jubilee of the Folk Song Society

(p.281) Chapter 62 The Diamond Jubilee of the Folk Song Society
Vaughan Williams on Music

David Manning

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the sixtieth anniversary of the foundation of the Folk Song Society in England. At the beginning of the nineteenth century a few people saw through the surface, and were beginning tentatively and apologetically to preserve what remained of their local song. Among the collectors was one whose name is famous in the annals of folk song—John Broadwood—who made a small collection of Sussex songs, published privately in 1843. These early collectors had little notion of the artistic value of what they were preserving. Then, about 1890, appeared two epoch-making books: Songs of the West and English County Songs. Sabine Baring-Gould, Fuller Maitland, and Lucy Broadwood recognized the beauty of their collections, declaring them to be the foundation of national art. This led on by natural sequence to the foundation of the Folk Song Society in 1898, with the avowed object of preserving our national heritage of song from extinction.

Keywords:   Folk Song Society, England, folk song, John Broadwood, English County Songs, Sabine Baring-Gould, Fuller Maitland, Lucy Broadwood, national art

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