Mudcat Café message #3242938 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #87026   Message #3242938
Posted By: MGM·Lion
22-Oct-11 - 06:25 AM
Thread Name: Barbara Allen earliest version?
Subject: RE: Barbara Allen earliest version?
But, then, where did Mrs Knipp get the song from? There is no suggestion that she was herself a composer or poet. If it was one interpolated into a play in which she was performing, then what play, by whom?; and how come it should have been entirely lost?: most Restoration dramatic productions are entered and documented. Mrs K must have learned the song from somewhere, whatever its provenance or nationality.

~M~