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Steve Gardham Tune Req: Trad. English tune for Little Musgrave? (73* d) RE: Tune Req: Trad. English tune for Little Musgrave? 23 May 21


Another curiosity is that Child published all the tunes he had access to for the ballads in his final volume, finished off by Kittredge after Child's death, and there is no tune for Child 81!! Curiouser and curiouser!! Surely he had a copy of Motherwell.

As you can both see, I was a bit slack when saying the Chappell tune had a bass line. Obviously it is in 4 part harmony or piano notation as Jack says.

Chappell must have spent the latter part of his life in Edinburgh as his records are in the Uni there and his family lived on there after his death. I have some personal correspondence of WC to Ebsworth and I had his own personal copy of PMOT which I gave to Steve R. Inside the volume were copies of his death notices and these letters. It looks like his daughter owned the copy after him.

WC edited the first 3 volumes of Roxburghe, with Ebsworth seeing to the rest. Jack is absolutely right. Both of them were very skeptical about Scottish ballad provenance, but it has to be said, not without reason in most cases. Peter Buchan comes in for about as much slating as Child gave him.


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