Edited by Roy Palmer.
First published by Dent in 1983 under the title Folk Songs collected by Ralph Vaughan Williams, this second edition with corrections is the first paperback reprint.
Here are some reviewers' comments on the first edition:
a consummate study THE MUSIC REVIEW
Palmer's notes are detailed and helpful; the book as a whole is a delight TIMES EDUCATIONAL SUPPLEMENT
a valuable addition to folksong bibliography ... Each tune is preceded by a most illuminating and deeply-researched account of the song's and the text's origins, mentioning other versions, and, of course, printing the words. There is a full list of sources and notes, scholarly and accurate and also highly readable for all sorts of diverting asides MICHAEL KENNEDY in FOLK MUSIC JOURNAL
a splendid book, well annotated MUSIC AND MUSICIANS
rich and inspiring ... filled with songs that are meant to be handled and sung ... superb and most welcome MARTIN CARTHY in ENGLISH DANCE AND SONG
an excellent companion to the recently revised catalogue of this composer's works THE COMPOSER.
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