Cecil Sharp

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Cecil James Sharp, collector of English folk-songs and dances.

For information on Cecil J. Sharp go here.[1]


The Cecil Sharp Collection of folk song books at the International Music Score Library Project can be accessed here[2]

Cecil J. Sharp (1916) ''One Hundred English Folk Songs''

Cecil Sharp (ed.) Novello Folk Song Series

1. Cecil J. Sharp, ed. (1908) 'Folk-songs from Dorset'

2. Cecil J. Sharp, ed. and R. Vaughan Williams (1908) 'Folk-songs from the Eastern Counties'

3. Cecil J. Sharp, ed. and George B. Gardiner (1909) 'Folk-songs from Hampshire'

4. Cecil J. Sharp (1912) 'Folk-songs from Various Counties'

5. Cecil J. Sharp, ed., W. Percy Merrick and R. Vaughan Williams (1912) 'Folk-songs from Sussex'

A Lecture Delivered by Cecil Sharp

A lecture delivered Cecil Sharp to the Hampstead Conservatoire, probably in the mid 1890s, has been transcribed and annotated by C. J. Bearman, who has also added a brief scholarly introduction. The lecture is available as a PDF from here: Media:Cecil_Sharp_Hampstead_Lecture.pdf.

Cecil Sharp: Eye Witness Account of His Folk Song Notation

E. V Lucas (1914) London Lavender makes sporadic reference to Cecil Sharp and contains sheet music of his folk song harvest. The most relevant section is Chapter 18 (pp. 139 to 150). This quotation is from page 141:

If the Director's methods were bewildering to me, what must they have been to these simple folk? For he takes out pencil and his little notebook ruled with staves, and the instant the singer has done he can go to the piano and play the song word for word, with all its peculiarities of movement, its hurryings and pauses, its unexpected cadences, its curious melancholy. Magic, surely! I can just begin to understand shorthand, but not this mystery. During the first verse he sits intent, with his pencil poised over the paper, waiting to strike. During the second verse he is recording all the time. During the third he makes little refining touches, and the tune is complete.

PDF page images of the book are available from the Internet Archive.[3]

Allen Brockington's Recollections of Cecil Sharp (1928)

A page image of Brockington's 1928 article in the Isle of Man Examiner is available here [4] and a transcript of the article is posted here:Media:Brockington_1928_Recollections_of_Cecil_Sharp.pdf.

External references

  • cecilsharpspeople.org.uk One-stop website for all the singers, musicians and dancers who met Cecil Sharp, as he travelled around England collecting folk music and dance between 1903-23. You can read here about their lives.