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Thread #1808   Message #622462
Posted By: Bob Bolton
06-Jan-02 - 09:16 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Outside Track (Henry Lawson)
Subject: RE: Outside Track - Henry Lawson
G'day all & sundry,

lamarca: I have not seen any count of tunes, but I doubt that there are anywhere near as many musical settings of Paterson's poems as there are of Lawson's. Paterson's a re good stirring poetry, but often in forms that don't drop as easily into ballad metre.

When Chris Kempster did the Lawson book, he had to leave out about half of the settings submitted ... now he has as many again! (We have been discussing just how some of these can be published.)Unfortunately, the book was not a great commercial success, so there is little hope of a 'mainstream' publisher reprinting, let alone doing an expanded, second edition.

BTW: There is some rumour of an un-accounted-for crate of copies of the first edition. Whether they still exist ... and, on which continent they are ... remains a mystery, but I would like to find the answer(s).


Bob Bolton