Mudcat Café message #640756 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #11295   Message #640756
Posted By: Malcolm Douglas
02-Feb-02 - 02:17 PM
Thread Name: Child Ballads: Anyone recorded the lot?
Subject: RE: Child Ballads: Anyone recorded the lot?
As GN said when this thread was young, a good few ballads in the Child canon have no known tunes, and of those some were probably literary compositions which had never been sung.  Traditional tunes exist for other variants of some (see Bronson's Traditional Tunes of the Child Ballads in particular) and they are still occasionally coming to light, but in many cases it is quite impossible to tell whether or not similar tunes were used for the texts which were originally noted without tunes... bit of a minefield, really.