Born into the famous family of piano makers, Lucy Broadwood
(1858-1929) became one of the chief collectors and scholars of the
first English folk music revival in the late nineteenth and early
twentieth centuries. Privately educated and trained as a classical
musician and singer, she was inspired by her uncle to collect local
song from her native Sussex. The desire to rescue folk song from an
aging population led to the foundation of the Folk Song Society, of
which she was a founder member. Mentor to younger collectors such
as Percy Grainger but often at loggerheads with fellow collector
Cecil Sharp and the young Ralph Vaughan Williams, she eventually
ventured into Ireland and Scotland, while remaining an eclectic
contributor and editor of the Society's Journal, which became a
flagship for scholarly publication of folksong. She also published
arrangements of folk songs and her own compositions which attracted
the attention of singers such as Harry Plunket Greene. Using an
array of primary sources including the diaries Broadwood kept
throughout her adult life, Dorothy de Val provides a lively
biography which sheds new light on her early years and chronicles
her later busy social, artistic and musical life while
acknowledging the underlying vulnerability of single women at this
time. Her account reveals an intelligent, generous though reserved
woman who, with the help of her friends, emerged from the
constraints of a Victorian upbringing to meet the challenges of the
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||Music in Nineteenth-Century Britain
Dorothy De Val
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