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Cecil Sharp

(1859—1924) collector of English folk-songs and dances


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(b Denmark Hill, London, 1859; d Hampstead, 1924).

Eng. folk‐song and folk‐dance collector and editor, organist, and writer. Trained as lawyer and practised as such in Australia. Org., Adelaide Cath., 1889–92. Prin., Hampstead Cons. of Mus. 1896–1905. In 1899 began systematic coll. of Eng. folk‐dances and in 1903 began to collect folk‐songs. Though not first in the field, his proselytizing and energy inspired others to emulate him. Founded English Folk Dance Soc., 1911. With M. Karpeles, collected folk‐songs in Appalachian mountains of N. Amer., 1916–18. Pubd. many arrs. and colls. of folk‐songs and dances (some in collab. with G. Butterworth, Vaughan Williams, C. L. Marson, etc.). Wrote English Folk Song and other books. After his death Cecil Sharp House, in London, was built as headquarters of amalgamated English Folk Dance and Song Society.

Subjects: Music.


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