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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 [Celebrating the Foundation of the Folk Song Society]

Preface [Celebrating the Foundation of the Folk Song Society]

(p.254) (p.255) Chapter 53 Preface [Celebrating the Foundation of the Folk Song Society]
Vaughan Williams on Music

David Manning

Oxford University Press

It seems but yesterday that those pioneers founded the Folk Song Society; and yet, in those 50 years, a silent revolution has transformed England's musical life. Nevertheless, members of the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) realize the change of heart that has taken place in the plain man of music, and it is the plain man whom they wish to capture; the experts are already converted. They hold in pious memory the names of Sabine Baring-Gould, Frank Kidson, and others, without whose spade work it is doubtful whether Cecil Sharp would have had the incentive to initiate his great campaign. It is these pioneers who brought the grist to the mill. Today the mills turn merrily, but without that substratum of knowledge, research, and artistic imagination the summer schools, the morris rings, and Albert Hall festivals, would be as sounding brass and tinkling cymbals.

Keywords:   Folk Song Society, England, musical life, EFDSS, Sabine Baring-Gould, Frank Kidson, Cecil Sharp, Albert Hall, festivals

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