Bob & Jacqueline Patten English Folk Music Collection

Vic Gammon's lecture: Music and singing style in West Gallery music, part 02

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    1CDR0013905 (copy of C1033/240)

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    Bob and Jacqueline Patten Collection

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    Ironbridge, Shropshire, England, UK

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    Patten, Bob

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    Gammon, Vic (male)

  • Abstract

    Consistency of the criticism of this ‘music perceived as bad’. Recurring features of the style as revealed by the criticism. This was a ‘fully developed musical style’ but alien to the critics. It was not so much to do with what was done but the way it was done. Quote from the Rev. E. B. Ellman [in his Recollections of a Sussex parson, published 1912] in the early 19th Century ‘Church singers were vastly proud of themselves’. All argue the use of open voice singing in West Gallery music. Quote from the mid 19th Century regarding the use of poor children bringing ‘the style of the balled singer’ into the churches in London. Musical Examples:

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