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Thread #160130 Message #3796978
Posted By: GUEST,Mike Yates
22-Jun-16 - 09:29 AM
Thread Name: Obit: Karl Dallas R.I.P (1931-2016)
Subject: RE: Obit: Karl Dallas R.I.P (1931-2016)
The last time I saw Fred/Karl was when he invited me to meet him at Cecil Sharp House during one of his trips to London. He had the great idea to write a book about song collector Cecil Sharp and composer George Butterworth. The idea was to focus on that August day in 1916 when Butterworth was killed in France, while Cecil Sharp was collecting songs in North Carolina. Butterworth had, of course, also collected folksongs in England and had danced in Sharp's demonstration Morris Dance side.
I told Fred/Karl as much as I could about what Sharp was doing in August, 1916, and also mentioned that Sharp's secretary Maud Karpeles, who was also with Sharp in the Mountains,had fallen in love with Butterworth. Like I say, I liked the idea and looked forward to seeing the book. But, to my knowledge, the book never appeared. I wonder, though, did Fred/Karl actually get round to writing it. Or did the idea only remain in his mind. Does anybody know?