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Maud Pauline Karpeles

(1885—1976) folk music collector and scholar


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(b London, 1885; d London, 1976).

English folk‐song collector, editor, and scholar. With sister Helen, was one of folk dancing team who illustrated Cecil Sharp's lectures. Assoc. with Sharp's folk‐song collecting from 1903, she went with him 1916–18 to Appalachian Mts., collecting over 500 songs which had travelled to N. Amer. with early immigrants. Also went alone to Newfoundland 1929 and 1930 to collect 191 songs there, pubd. in 2 vols. 1934. Held many administrative folk‐song posts, incl. hon. secretaryship English Folk Dance and Song Society. In 1947 she founded International Folk Music Council, attending its conferences in many countries, first as secretary and later pres. Wrote biography of Cecil Sharp in collab. with A. H. Fox Strangways 1933 (rev. edn. under her name alone, 1967). Ed. many colls. of folk‐songs. OBE 1961.

Subjects: Music.


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