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The National Song Book - now on line

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Subject: The National Song Book - now on line
From: NormanD
Date: 25 Nov 08 - 12:00 PM

For those of us old enough to remember this (or have the contents inflicted upon us), or young enough to want to revive some of the songs many UK kids sang at school, the book is now available Online here


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Subject: RE: The National Song Book - now on line
From: GUEST, Sminky
Date: 25 Nov 08 - 12:30 PM

Thanks for that, NormanD.

Nice to know that Susanna Blamire's song was still being sung over 100 years after her death.

"And ye shall walk in silk attire" - great opening line (though the original poem is actually called "The Siller Croun").


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Subject: RE: The National Song Book - now on line
From: Marje
Date: 25 Nov 08 - 01:28 PM

Thanks for that. I was expecting it to be the usual mix of Early One Morning, Cockles and Mussels, Loch Lomond etc, but it's more interesting than that. I'm amused by the quaint reference to the "Keltic" tunes and the patronising assumption that these may cause problems for English children.

It makes an interesting comparison with Howard Goodall's "Song Bank", aimed at primary schools http://www.singup.org/songbank/

Marje


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Subject: RE: The National Song Book - now on line
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 25 Nov 08 - 01:36 PM

Thanks very much for the link, Norman. The friends with whom I play early music will enjoy many of these songs.

I also think it might be a good trove of tunes for the dulcimer.


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Subject: RE: The National Song Book - now on line
From: MartinRyan
Date: 25 Nov 08 - 04:22 PM

My copy of this is a Words and Voice Parts only (In Old Notation and Tonic Sol-fa) edition - and lacks the preface. So I was spared the Keltic! What's surprising is that Stanford, the editor, was Irish (a Dub, to be precise). Wonder how common it was at the time?

Regards


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Subject: RE: The National Song Book - now on line
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 25 Nov 08 - 04:40 PM

Is link above the same as Nelson's New National & Folk Song Book? I have Parts I (1954) and II (1955) Vocal Parts in both notations.


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Subject: RE: The National Song Book - now on line
From: jacqui.c
Date: 25 Nov 08 - 07:43 PM

How wonderful! These were the songs that I learned at school in the 60s and I had been looking for that particular version of Barbara Allen for quite a while.

This is a real treasure trove!


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Subject: RE: The National Song Book - now on line
From: katlaughing
Date: 25 Nov 08 - 07:53 PM

I will have to explore this! Looks really neat and interesting. Is the "About this Book" also from 1905? I wondered at the spelling of "Keltic" and reference to "Scotch" children.


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Subject: RE: The National Song Book - now on line
From: Anglo
Date: 25 Nov 08 - 09:10 PM

Certainly a useful resource; not great scans though. But since I don't have the hard copy, I can live with that. Thanks, Norman.


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Subject: RE: The National Song Book - now on line
From: masato sakurai
Date: 26 Nov 08 - 11:44 AM

PDF file of The National Song Book (1906) is available on line at Internet Archive.


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Subject: RE: The National Song Book - now on line
From: NormanD
Date: 26 Nov 08 - 12:02 PM

I also have a copy of The Scottish Students' Song Book, a goodly collection of national and folk songs which do not conflict with the National Song Book. I found this 60-year-old copy on a market stall, for a couple of quid. It was a Christmas present from mum & dad to their son, according to the inscription. These days, the boyo would be expecting an iPhone......

Anyone know if this in on line too?


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Subject: RE: The National Song Book - now on line
From: GUEST,John Bullock
Date: 09 Aug 10 - 12:19 PM

For anyone who's in travellng distance of Dorset (UK) this autumn, y'Strel's Band will be performing songs from the New National Song Book at various venues around Dorset, under the tour title: The Little Red Book Tour.
For information; http://www.myspace.com/ystrel

cheers everyone,
john


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