Lucy Broadwood

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Lucy Etheldred Broadwood was born in Melrose, Scotland on August 9th, 1858. The youngest of the 9 surviving children of Julianna Maria and Henry Fowler Broadwood, she was a member of a wealthy upper middle class family, whose money and estates were derived from their world renowned London -based piano manufacturing business. For much of her childhood, and early adulthood up to her thirties she lived on the family’s estate at Lyne,in Surrey, until her father’s death in 1893. Following this she lived at a succession of London addresses until her death on a visit to relatives in Dropmore, Kent in August 1929.

She was to become one of the foremost folksong collectors of the late 19th and early 20th centuries - a lynchpin of the collecting movement around which many of the important collectors of the day revolved, and from whom they received advice, information and support. She was a talented classically trained singer, composer and poet, and provided inspiration and assistance to many composers of the 20th century English classical school of music, such as Ralph Vaughan Williams, Percy Grainger and Gustav Holst.

Following in the footsteps of her uncle, the Rev John Broadwood,who had published the ground breaking work "Old English Songs.." privately in 1847, Lucy was responsible with H F Birch Reynardson for the republication of the work as "Sussex Songs" in 1889. That particular collection included a number of songs which Lucy had collected herself.

Following the publication of the inspirational work “English County Songs” ,which she edited with J.Fuller Maitland in 1893, she became a founder member of the Folk-Song Society five years later, and was to become in turn Secretary, editor of the Society’s Journal for many years, and finally, shortly before her death, President of the Society. Her work was to influence both the world of the folksong collector in her day, and that of composers of the English school.

J.A. Fuller-Maitland and Lucy E. Broadwood (1893) English County Songs is available online at [1]. Lucy Etheldred Broadwood (1908) English Traditional Songs and Carols is available online at [2]. Christmas Carols: Old English Carols for Christmas and Other Festivals (1922) were harmonised by Lucy Broadwood and are posted at [3]. Lucy Broadwood (1921) Songs from Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass is here [4]. Songs collected by Lucy Broadwood, in two modern editions, Miss Broadwood's Delight and Sweet Sussex, are available here: [5] and here (p.25ff): [6]. In addition, for the last two works, click on their titles above for sheet music, MIDI files, etc.

--Irene Shettle 01:24, 8 October 2007 (BST)


See two articles by Lewis Jones about Lucy Broadwood at Traditional Song Forum

and an entry at Wikipedia

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