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Songs of the Ridings   By: (1872-1919)

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Songs of the Ridings by Frederic W. Moorman is a majestic collection of traditional songs and ballads from the region of Yorkshire. This book is a treasure trove for anyone interested in the rich musical heritage and cultural history of this northern English county.

Moorman, in his meticulous research, has compiled an impressive range of songs that reflect the diverse nuances of Yorkshire's musical traditions. The book is divided into three sections, each representing a different "riding" or district of the region: East Riding, North Riding, and West Riding. This arrangement allows readers to delve into specific areas and comprehend the unique identities that have shaped the songs over centuries.

What truly sets Songs of the Ridings apart is the author's dedication to preserving the authenticity of the songs. Moorman provides the original lyrics alongside his carefully transcribed musical notations, ensuring that readers can truly appreciate and experience the songs in their purest form. His introductions to each composition offer insightful historical context, shedding light on the origins and evolution of these fascinating melodies. Moreover, the author's love and enthusiasm for Yorkshire's musical heritage shine through his writing, making the book an engrossing read for enthusiasts and casual readers alike.

The songs themselves are a captivating mix of narratives, laments, and celebrations, capturing the essence of Yorkshire life through music. From tales of love and loss to rousing anthems of local pride, each piece carries a distinct charm and sense of belonging, resonating with readers on a profound level. It is through these songs that one can truly grasp the spirit and soul of Yorkshire, as they evoke a strong sense of place and community.

Furthermore, Moorman's attention to detail and comprehensive research is evident not only in the song collection but also in the additional appendices and the glossary provided. These resources offer further insight into Yorkshire's musical traditions, helping readers navigate the unfamiliar dialects and terminologies that may arise.

One minor drawback of Songs of the Ridings is that, at times, the book's academic tone may alienate readers who are not well-versed in musical terminology or Yorkshire's cultural history. However, this is merely a small hurdle that can be overcome with a little perseverance and an openness to learning. The transformative power of the songs contained within these pages is well worth the effort.

In conclusion, Songs of the Ridings by Frederic W. Moorman is an exceptional book that celebrates and preserves the musical heritage of Yorkshire. Through its extensive collection of songs, insightful commentary, and meticulous attention to detail, this book serves as a valuable resource for those interested in understanding and connecting with the region's rich cultural history. Whether you are a musician, historian, or simply someone eager to explore the depths of Yorkshire's soul through its melodies, this book is a must-read.

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Songs of the Ridings

by F. W. Moorman


Dedication Preface A Dalesman's Litany Cambodunum Telling the Bees The Two Lamplighters Our Beck Lord George Jenny Storm The New Englishman The Bells of Kirkby Overblow The gardener and the Robin Lile Doad His last Sail One Year Older The Hungry Forties The Flowers of Knaresborough Forest The Miller by the Shore The Bride's Homecoming The Artist Marra to Bonney  Mary Mecca The Local Preacher The Courting Gate Fieldfares A Song of the Yorkshire Dales The Flower of Wensleydale



About two years ago I published a collection of Yorkshire dialect poems, chosen from many authors and extending over a period of two hundred and fifty years(1). The volume was well received, and there are abundant signs that the interest in dialect literature is steadily growing in all parts of the county and beyond its borders. What is most encouraging is to find that the book has found an entrance into the homes of Yorkshire peasants and artisans where the works of our great national poets are unknown. I now essay the more venturesome task of publishing dialect verses of my own... Continue reading book >>

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