Mudcat Café message #3936749 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #162666   Message #3936749
Posted By: Lighter
11-Jul-18 - 02:49 PM
Thread Name: New Book: Folk Song in England
Subject: RE: New Book: Folk Song in England
> The kind of stuff found in the Pepys and Roxburgh collections of broadsides from the late 17th century is indeed unsingable, at least by today's standards.

Maybe by period standards as well. Relatively few went into tradition (oral or otherwise), and it's likely that the vast majority were rarely (or never) sung at all - at least as printed.

The same goes for the 19th century broadsides, no?

Not to mention 99.99% of songs since.