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by Edward F. Rimbault

Download The Rounds, Catches And Canons Of England epub
ISBN: 030670823X
ISBN13: 978-0306708237
Category: Photography
Subcategory: Music
Author: Edward F. Rimbault
Language: English
Publisher: Da Capo Press (October 21, 1976)
Pages: 208 pages
ePUB size: 1399 kb
FB2 size: 1692 kb
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 797
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I'd like to rate this zero stars.
The enthusiastic catch singer will find nothing of use in this outdated, overpriced collection of what could have been an excellent compilation of English vocal composition of the period. "Modern Use" should have been stripped from the title. The book is an exact reprint of the edition which originally appeared in 1876, edited by one Rev. J. Powell Metcalfe, who, with typical Victorian squeamishness, has altered the words of over 50% of the songs, replacing the original text with his own sorry drivel.
The whole point of singing a catch is to convey a meaning which is apparent only when the words of contrasting verses are sung in counterpoint. Of course the musical scores are faithfully reproduced, but Metcalfe's meddling impoverishes these songs, reducing them to mere curiosities which no modern audience would care to hear.
The only redeeming feature of the book is a set of short biographies of the composers which appears in the preface.
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I can only endorse the view of A Customer as to the despicable contents of this edition. For years I used an original edition, untouched by the execrable Rev. J. Powell Metcalfe, which reposed in the reference section of the Central Music Library in Buckingham Palace Road, in London. This provided me with a treasure trove of robust material for teaching and theatre workshops, which sustained my career for years, over 30 years ago. Now I have had favourite Catches rendered meaningless by the imposition of witless words, to protect the morals of Victorian schoolchildren. As you may imagine, the result is useless for any purpose, as the joy in the Catch has been expunged by the process.

None of the above should be deemed a criticism of Amazon, or Better Books, who both did what was expected of them. The mistake was mine, in not reading the User Review which pointed out what a disaster this edition represents.

In summation, any edition of this wonderful collection that has "The Words Revised, Adapted, Or Re-Written By The Rev. J. Powell Metcalfe" appearing 5 leaves in should be avoided like the bubonic plague.

My search for an affordable ORIGINAL edition goes on. Sadly, the terrific work of Edward F. Rimbault has been hijacked by this later Bowdlerisation.