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Cecil Sharp Journal?

27 Dec 98 - 11:54 AM (#51031)
Subject: CECIL SHARP JOURNAL?
From: Ian HP

Does anyone know if the song-collecting travel journal of Cecil Sharp was ever published? If so, by who, and is it still available?


27 Dec 98 - 04:57 PM (#51052)
Subject: RE: CECIL SHARP JOURNAL?
From: Sandy Paton

Please clarify this question for me. Are you asking for a travel journal, or a published collection of the songs he gathered? In England or in Appalachia?

Oxford published English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians, which Amazon says is out of print, but a bookstore in New York (Hacker) has a used copy of the two-volume edition for $125, or thereabouts. (Ouch!) It was later re-printed in a single volume, but I don't find that one listed among the various used-book sites I often visit. You might want to read Sharp's English Folk Song, Some Conclusions, as well. Your local library should be able to get these books for you on inter-library loan. Go for it!

Sandy


28 Dec 98 - 09:03 PM (#51194)
Subject: RE: CECIL SHARP JOURNAL?
From: Ian HP

I am asking for a travel journal, not a collection of songs. It records people he met, impressions and descriptions of them, some scrapes he got into while attempting to collect songs, etc.. Any clues of a title/pubisher in the UK?


28 Dec 98 - 10:30 PM (#51199)
Subject: RE: CECIL SHARP JOURNAL?
From: Liam's Brother

If you're ever looking for a book, Ian, try this site: http://www.bookfinder.com/

I got this from Sandy the Bookmeister.

All the best,
Dan


28 Dec 98 - 10:50 PM (#51200)
Subject: RE: CECIL SHARP JOURNAL?
From: Sandy Paton

Ian: You may want to read Maud Karpeles' Cecil Sharp, His Life and Work. As Liam's Brother suggests, you'll find a number of copies listed at various used-book shops if you go to Bookfinder. Maud was the woman who accompanied Cecil Sharp on his Appalachian collecting trips. She would take down the texts while Cecil wrote out the tunes. She describes their work together.

Sandy


29 Dec 98 - 09:42 PM (#51347)
Subject: RE: CECIL SHARP JOURNAL?
From:

But is there a collection anywhere of the songs BEFORE the sanitizers got at them?

Bert.


02 Feb 99 - 01:27 PM (#56871)
Subject: RE: CECIL SHARP JOURNAL?
From:

For anyone who's interested, I've discovered that there probably isn't a published journal of Cecil Sharp as such, but his accounts of his meetings and people on his song-collecting travels are included in Maud Karpeles' 'Cecil Sharp - his life and work', available from BOOKFINDER (as above). I've just received mine through the post. Apparently, the collection of songs from the Appalachians also includes such accounts. I'll try to track that down.