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A Passing Observation [Aug. 18th, 2013|10:48 am]
Tony Grist
I admire Benjamin Britten no end but there's something seriously out of kilter about  a folk song or sea chanty being performed- at the grand piano-  by two chaps in evening dress. 
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-08-18 12:56 pm (UTC)
This was prompted by your post of a few days ago and by hearing "Down by the Salley Gardens"- words by Yeats, arrangement by Britten- being rendered by the archetypal two chaps in evening dress. I'm guessing the tune must be traditional. Anyway, I know it from the repertoire of the folk singer Bram Taylor.

I'd be interested in reading your opinion of Vaughan Williams. Material for a future post, maybe?
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[User Picture]From: shewhomust
2013-08-18 08:03 pm (UTC)
Ah, I wondered if it was pure coincidence.

Material for a future post, maybe?

That's kind of you, but probably not: I'm trying to minimise the grumbling in my LJ. But the short version is implicit in my comment here: there are some lovely tunes in Vaughan Williams, which have nothing to do with how good a composer he is (which I'm not competent to discuss) and everything to do with what wonderful tunes they are. Full credit to him for recognising that...
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-08-18 08:38 pm (UTC)
I get your drift...

I suppose V-W acknowledged his borrowings- or did he?

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[User Picture]From: shewhomust
2013-08-19 09:34 am (UTC)
He was well known as a collector of folk songs, and a leading member of the EFDSS, so I don't think there was any concealment on his part. How much the classical music fans are aware of it is another question.
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