A Century Of Ballads 1810-1910, Their Composers & Singers

With Some Introductory Chapters On Old Ballads And Ballad Makers - online book.

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CHAPTER XI
PLUNKET GREENE AND STANFORD'S IRISH SONGS
T HIS chapter is perhaps, as far as the scope of this book is concerned, somewhat of a digression, but one that needs no apology from me. The name of Plunket Greene stands high among modern interpreters of song, and his close identification with the traditional Irish song, though forming only one type of his many-sided art, must be my excuse for the title I have placed at the head of the chapter.
The association of the two names mentioned above is a very close one. Of the long list of traditional Irish melodies arranged by Sir Charles Stanford, of which only a few can be mentioned here, "Father O'Flynn" is possibly the most famous from a " popular " point of view. Speak­ing of " Father O'Flynn," Plunket Greene once said that Sir Charles Santley was the only English singer he knew who has tackled an Irish song as an Irishman. " And," he added parenthetically, "if at the present day a ballad-singer wants to know how an English song should be sung, both
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