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The Holly and the Ivy

This setting was collected by Cecil Sharp. He never published it as a folk song because he dismissed it as "probably a composed tune sung in parts". Sharp took the view that only music that was part of an oral tradition was to be regarded as belonging to the folk music genre, and many subsequent collectors followed his view. The result was that West Gallery music, which usually was written down, fell between the stools of folk and classical musicians for many decades.

The present harmonisation aims to restore conjecturally the parts in which Sharp assumed this tune was at one time sung.

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