The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #19291   Message #196034
Posted By: Stewie
16-Mar-00 - 09:12 AM
Thread Name: Rev. Sabine Baring-Gould et al
Subject: RE: Rev. Sabine Baring-Gould et al
The aim of Wilgus, a well-respected folksong scholar, was to write 'a critical history of folksong study', and that is exactly what he did. By its very nature, the history had to be critical - as every history is. Quite rightly, he was critical of some of B-G's methods. He points out that it was only in the 20th century that folksong study developed from 'an antiquarian, esthetic and literary pastime toward a disciplined study of a segment of traditional culture'. The comment re B-G has to be seen in the context of his overall purpose. George, it might be worth your while reading his book before condemning him out of hand. Perhaps you would rather we simply put all folksong collectors on pedestals. He is not denying that B-G played an important role, but it is to scholarhip's greater benefit that the original materials were preserved. You may believe that there is no place for critical folksong scholarship and that your 'musical enjoyment' is all that is important - and that's fair enough. There's little point in shooting messengers simply because they present facts that are not to your liking.

--Stewie.