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Thread #162666   Message #3944677
Posted By: Brian Peters
17-Aug-18 - 04:21 PM
Thread Name: New Book: Folk Song in England
Subject: RE: New Book: Folk Song in England
many of the Child ballads show no or little evidence of ever having been in oral tradition.

I wouldn't have thought this statement controversial, looking at all 305 titles and comparing those with the significant number that Bronson failed to find any tune for, or for which Child himself cited no examples from oral tradition.