Anglo-American Folksong Scholarship since 1898

Anglo-American Folksong Scholarship since 1898

Anglo-American Folksong Scholarship since 1898

Anglo-American Folksong Scholarship since 1898

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In 1953 Archer Taylor, in a succinct review of recent folksong study, noted the need of a history of ballad studies since 1898. Such a work, he wrote,

will deal with the musical investigations begun by Cecil Sharp and continued by the English Folk-Song Society. It will review Hjalmar Thuren's investigations of Faeroic song and the implications of his findings and will survey once more the dispute over the communal origin of ballads. It will state the principles employed in the reconstruction of ballads and criticize them.

Taylor had in mind a continuation of the histories of British and Scandinavian ballad scholarship by Sigurd Bernhardt Hustvedt, Ballad Criticism in Scandinavia and Great Britain during the Eighteenth Century (1916) and Ballad Books and Ballad Men (1930). It must be stated at the outset that this history does not meet the requirements.

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