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Thread #162666   Message #3894330
Posted By: Steve Gardham
17-Dec-17 - 09:34 AM
Thread Name: New Book: Folk Song in England
Subject: RE: New Book: Folk Song in England
"Child had limited resources, his preferences were weighted by his own elite background, and he also admitted that he was very unsure of the selections he was making. He also, despite his reservations regarding street lit., included a great deal of it." (SG)

"you present Child and all those who shared his view as "wrong" [15 Dec 17 - 10:59}" (JC)

Why don't you address the comments actually made instead of putting your own spin on it as usual?

Sharp was partly driven by the idea of foreigners claiming the English had no music of their own (The country was swamped with German and Italian music at the time). He was trying to create this idea of Merry England where all the rural population were busily making this wonderful music, which to a certain extent was true, but in order to pursue his vision he needed to play down the influence of print. Broadwood, Baring-Gould, Kidson etc., were all very much aware of the influence of print, but Sharp very much dominated proceedings.

"I'm quite happy with the ones that share my view".(JC) Perhaps you could let us know who this includes.