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Thread #4074   Message #3561262
Posted By: Taconicus
25-Sep-13 - 03:45 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Wildwood Flower / I'll Twine 'Mid the ...
Subject: RE: Origins: Wildwood Flower / I'll Twine 'Mid the ...
I've already received one of the manuscripts, the one for One Fond Heart, and it is definitely printed as WORDS BY MAND IRVING, copyright 1860. If this is not a misprint (and I have no reason to think it is), then unless and until we receive actual printed sheet music of a song of that time clearly showing words by Maud Irving, it strikes me as likely that the actual author of the lyrics for I'll Twine Mid the Ringlets was this Mand Irving, not the Van Namee "Maud Irving" who wrote the poem in Gaudy's and other magazines. Which, of course, would mean that all the research I did on Maud Irving is likely irrelevant as far as I'll Twine Mid the Ringlets is concerned. It would also mean that every previous reference to "Maud Irving" as being the author of the words to the folk tune is incorrect.

On the other hand, although the Mills Music Library (University of Wisconsin) copy is in cursive and certainly can be seen as being ambiguous as to whether "Maud" or "Mand" is written, I can't imagine that all the previous "Maud" references were based on a handwritten manuscript.

Well, that's the way research goes. We'll just have to see what we discover as other printed sheet music by Mand or Maud Irving are found.