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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 Index of English Songs

Preface to Index of English Songs

(p.263) Chapter 56 Preface to Index of English Songs
Vaughan Williams on Music

David Manning

Oxford University Press

A distinguished scientist once said that, in his opinion, a book without an index was a bad book, whatever its contents. On that showing, The Folk Song Journal has been a bad book for over 50 years. Now through the skilful and devoted labors of Mr E. A. White it has become a good book. No longer will researchers have to perform that maddening task of hunting through the contents tables of each volume only to find that the enquirer on whose behalf they were searching had said volume three when they meant part three. One must not, however, forget the excellent subject indexes of English songs made by Miss Barbara Cra'ster that appeared sporadically in the early days of the Journal; although these, useful as they are, cover only a few volumes.

Keywords:   index, Folk Song Journal, E. A. White, subject indexes, English songs, Barbara Cra'ster

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