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English Folk Songs (English Journeys Book 17) by [Williams, Ralph Vaughan]
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About the Author

Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) was one of England's greatest composers, and among the first people to travel the countryside to collect folk songs and preserve them for future generations.

A. L. Lloyd (1908-1982), usually known as Bert, was a folk singer and folklorist who grew up listening to his mother singing gypsy songs, and eventually wrote them down. Together with Vaughan Williams, he helped rescue traditional English music from extinction.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 45975 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (2 April 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI9IME
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #161,808 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A lovely little book of traditional English Folk Songs. Don't expect such things as accompaniments or chords; the songs are presented with a single line melody, for, as the authors say, they are best sung unaccompanied. However, those with a modicum of musical knowledge would easily be able to add some modal instrumental accompaniment. The 'Notes on the Songs' at the back of the book are a particular delight and the book's size is such that it can easily be popped into a pocket for a trip down to the local folk club. Highly recommended for anyone interested in English traditional song.
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How can you sell this as if it's the same as the paperback when it has no tunes??? It's good to have lyrics and notes on the songs but I'm still incensed that there is no mention of the melodies being omitted from the kindle version.
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Looked like it had been dunked in a fluid. It may lose pages in the near future
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The beautiful music for the songs is not visible on the iPad or iPhone. This makes the book almost useless to me and certainly not worth the money.
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What can I say about this classic of traditional British music collection?
Mercifully, the authors don't devote too much space to their own prose, but instead provide a cracking collection of classic traditional songs, with useful information on variations and performance.

Scholarly, without being dry and (this edition, at least)cheap as chips!
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If you're interested in traditional British folk music you really ought to have this. Performing careers have been founded on fewer classic songs than there are in this book. I had two copies of the original Penguin edition, one of which was very tatty and barely in one piece. I sold it on ebay a year ago for £20. This cheap reprint is a total bargain, although the type is a bit small. Buy it, learn the tunes and sing them - you won't regret it!
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This slim, pocket-sized anthology of traditional English folk songs, edited by Ralph Vaughan Williams and A. L. Lloyd, is one of the best guides to English folk tradition. It is a durable Penguin paperback with clear type. Conveniently arranged in alphabetical order by title, the songs cover most counties of England and always include the music: valuable information in such a short format. Most useful are the editors' historical notes on the background of each song, revealing such treasures as the hidden meanings behind 'The Streams of Lovely Nancy'. Any fan of English folk music and folklore should definitely buy it.
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