A Family Heritage: The Story and Songs of LaRena Clark

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University of Calgary Press, 1994 - Art - 308 pages
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New folk music and folk-song materials in this comprehensive study are particularly important for singers, folk music enthusiasts, ethnomusicologists, comparative and cultural studies scholars, and those interested in Canadian culture. LaRena Clark was a great singer and knew many fine songs. Her wide repertoire covers almost the complete range of types and topics of traditional Anglo-Canadian songs. Comparison with other collections in Canada, the United States, the British Isles, and Australia indicate just how unique and far-reaching it was. Clark's background and her varied ancestry shaped her repertoire. The account of her parents' activities gives a vivid picture of folk life in rural Ontario during the early years of this century. She knew some Canadian songs previously unreported, and she wrote songs with a strong Canadian flavour. Musically, Clark's songs are a microcosm of practices characteristic of British folk music throughout the English-speaking world. Particularly noteworthy is her constant reworking of traditional materials, procedures, forms, and individual tunes.

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Contents

Acknowledgements ix
1
LaRenas Story
7
Classic Ballads
21
Songs of True Love
45
Songs of False Love
83
Returned Lover Ballads
115
The Burns Connection
129
The Soldier Laddie
135
Comic Songs
163
Irish Songs
181
English Songs
191
American Songs
205
Local Canadian Songs
221
Lumbering Songs
229
LaRenas Compositions
245
LaRenas Place in Musical Tradition
261

North American Romantic Ballads
153
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About the author (1994)

The late Edith Fowke, an internationally known folklorist, produced more than twenty books, countless articles and eight record albums devoted to Canadas oral heritage.

Jay Rahn is a Canadian ethnomusicologist and is a Professor of Music at York University. He has published extensively on ethnomusicology, music theory and music history.

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