Folk-Songs of the South

Folk-Songs of the South

by John Cox
     
 

Originally published in 1925, Folk Songs of the South was compiled under the auspices of the West Virginia Folk-Lore Society, of which author John Harrington Cox was president, archivist, and general editor. Here, he has gathered 185 songs in 398 variants, along with 29 tunes for 26 different songs.

The songs themselves range from one end of the musical spectrum to

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Originally published in 1925, Folk Songs of the South was compiled under the auspices of the West Virginia Folk-Lore Society, of which author John Harrington Cox was president, archivist, and general editor. Here, he has gathered 185 songs in 398 variants, along with 29 tunes for 26 different songs.

The songs themselves range from one end of the musical spectrum to the other. Local tragedies are remembered in "John Hardy" and "The Wreck on the C. & O." Patriotic songs include "Immortal Washington" and "The Rebel Soldier." Such American minstrel songs as "Kitty Wells" and "The Yellow Rose of Texas" share space with British broadside ballads like "The Sheffield Apprentice" and "The Rich Merchant."

Regardless of style or subject, these songs offer a valuable insight into everyday life in the Old South. As Lydia I. Hinkel wrote in her introduction to the section on folk tunes, "Folk-music is the product of a people, portraying the thoughts, feelings, and tastes that are communal rather than personal."

This historical, colorful glimpse into the past still exists today because of the efforts of the society and its president. To them, a song of thanks should be sung.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781565545922
Publisher:
Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/28/1999
Pages:
594
Product dimensions:
1.32(w) x 5.50(h) x 8.50(d)

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