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Bertrand H Bronson: The Traditional Tunes of the Child Ballads.

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Bertrand H Bronson's The Singing Tradition of Child's Popular Ballads is a single-volume, abridged edition of Bronson's four volume The Traditional Tunes of the Child Ballads.

To create this edition, Bronson selected those tunes and texts which had the strongest representation in the oral tradition, excluding those from the original collection which only existed in print.

The volume has an excellent new introduction where Bronson analyses the essential unity of a ballad text and tune and he shows how ballad tunes have evolved to produce tune families. His introduction to the modal structure of tunes in the Anglo-American tradition is essential reading for singers and students of the ballad tradition. More information: Bronson: Singing Tradition
Paper: ISBN:978-1-935243-13-7 £26.00
Hardback: ISBN:978-1-935243-14-4 £30.00

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