Folk Song in England – Stephen Roud


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In Victorian times, England was famously dubbed ‘the land without music’ – but one of the great musical discoveries of the early 20th century was that England had a vital heritage of folk song and music which was easily good enough to stand comparison with those of other parts of Britain and overseas. Cecil Sharp, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Percy Grainger, and a number of other enthusiasts gathered a huge harvest of songs and tunes which we can study and enjoy at our leisure. But after over a century of collection and discussion, publication and performance, there are still many things we don’t know about traditional song. This book investigates the wider social history of traditional song in England.