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Review: British Minstrelsie

Les in Chorlton 17 Aug 10 - 12:35 PM
IanC 17 Aug 10 - 12:44 PM
GUEST, Sminky 17 Aug 10 - 12:48 PM
IanC 17 Aug 10 - 12:53 PM
IanC 17 Aug 10 - 12:58 PM
GUEST, Sminky 17 Aug 10 - 01:40 PM
Jack Campin 17 Aug 10 - 03:11 PM
Les in Chorlton 17 Aug 10 - 03:12 PM
Matthew Edwards 17 Aug 10 - 03:34 PM
Jack Campin 17 Aug 10 - 04:07 PM
Steve Gardham 17 Aug 10 - 06:32 PM
The Borchester Echo 17 Aug 10 - 08:07 PM
GUEST,Keith Beck 24 Aug 10 - 02:22 PM
Les in Chorlton 24 Aug 10 - 03:31 PM
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Subject: Review: British Minstrelsie
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 17 Aug 10 - 12:35 PM

Just spotted volumes 2 - 5 (II - V) of "The British Minstrelsie" in the Oxfam Book Shop. Looks like a collection of 19C popular and a bit posh songs.

Any body have a view on its worth as a collection of old songs?

L in C#


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Subject: RE: Review: British Minstrelsie
From: IanC
Date: 17 Aug 10 - 12:44 PM

I have a full set ... as usual with these collections, it's a mixed bag. A bit "arty" but some nice poems, and with one or two gems. I've always though you could adapt a few of the songs quite nicely.

All in all if there's one good song I can use in a songbook, I'll think it's worthwhile though. Just my way of thinking.

:-)


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Subject: RE: Review: British Minstrelsie
From: GUEST, Sminky
Date: 17 Aug 10 - 12:48 PM

Les - there's a complete set on eBay right now - starting price £60 + £8 p&p. If the Oxfam price is markedly lower than that, then I'd go for it.


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Subject: RE: Review: British Minstrelsie
From: IanC
Date: 17 Aug 10 - 12:53 PM

Lot of difference between a full set and 4 of 5 in terms of price!

If it's in the Oxfam shop, I'd look through them and judge for myself whether they're any interest to you.

:-)


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Subject: RE: Review: British Minstrelsie
From: IanC
Date: 17 Aug 10 - 12:58 PM

BTW ... do they really have II-V? The Amazon listings have it as a 4 volume set, which is what I recall (I'm away from home so can't look at them at the minute).

The cheapest on Amazon is £37.99.

:-)


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Subject: RE: Review: British Minstrelsie
From: GUEST, Sminky
Date: 17 Aug 10 - 01:40 PM

Definitely six volumes on eBay.


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Subject: RE: Review: British Minstrelsie
From: Jack Campin
Date: 17 Aug 10 - 03:11 PM

Its okay as far as it goes, but the Scots Minstrelsie (same format, same period) is VERY much better. Much more traditional material and superb historical notes.


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Subject: RE: Review: British Minstrelsie
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 17 Aug 10 - 03:12 PM

Deffinietly II to V not VI

L in C#


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Subject: RE: Review: British Minstrelsie
From: Matthew Edwards
Date: 17 Aug 10 - 03:34 PM

Loking at the British Library Catalogue it seems there were two editions of British Minstrelsie: a representative collection of the songs of the four nations; the arrangements by John Greig, Joseph Parry, F W Bussell, H Fleetwood Sheppard and W H Hopkinson.

The first edition was in four volumes about 1899 by T C & E C Jack, Edinburgh, while volumes 5 & 6 were added in a second edition by Caxton Publishing Co. in c.1915.

So looks like the Chorlton Oxfam shop has got part of the 1915 edition with the first and last volumes missing.

Matthew


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Subject: RE: Review: British Minstrelsie
From: Jack Campin
Date: 17 Aug 10 - 04:07 PM

If you're looking for a big collection of late 19th century parlour-ish songs: the Scottish Students Song Book probably has everything you'll want and it's more easily available.


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Subject: RE: Review: British Minstrelsie
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 17 Aug 10 - 06:32 PM

The English Minstrelsie in the same series is much more interesting from a folk point of view. There are 8 volumes and most of them contain songs from the editor, Baring Gould's collection plus some excellent notes on the songs and the singers. 2 volumes are currently going cheap in Philip Martin's music book shop in York. I need vols 1-3 to complete my own set.

Scottish Students SB, also The British Students Song Book which is a little scarcer.


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Subject: RE: Review: British Minstrelsie
From: The Borchester Echo
Date: 17 Aug 10 - 08:07 PM

I have English Minstrelsie with Volume 7 missing. It's nearly always missing, people will snap up the entire set just to get this volume and dump the rest on charity shops. As Steve Gardham says, it's well worth acquiring (if heavy to lug home from Oxfam).


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Subject: RE: Review: British Minstrelsie
From: GUEST,Keith Beck
Date: 24 Aug 10 - 02:22 PM

I have a complete six volume set of British Minstrelsie and the original owner, Ethel Michael, has conveniently pencilled her name and the date '1912' on the fly sheet. Also I note that the index to volume one includes the song 'God Save the Queen' but the actual text has been changed to 'King'. So the editing has not quite caught up with the succession.


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Subject: RE: Review: British Minstrelsie
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 24 Aug 10 - 03:31 PM

ll to V were still in Chorlton Oxfam Book shop this morning

L in C#


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