A Collection of Dorset Carols
W. A. Pickard-Cambridge
London: A. W. Ridley & Co., 1926
William Adair Pickard-Cambridge (Dec. 14, 1879 - Mar. 4, 1957) was a classical scholar and composer who taught at Worcester College, Oxford. In addition to his significant translations of Aristotle, he published numerous carol translations in the 1920s and 1930s, together with two books: Ridley's New Series Classical Church Music (1933) and Lux Crucis: A Series of Devotions, with special Hymns (1928). Two other collections were Six Songs (1928) and Three Carols.
Some of his musical manuscripts are reposed in the Special Collections and Western Manuscripts, Bodleian Library, Oxford University. Other musical manuscripts and family documents are held at the Dorset History Centre, Dorchester. According to Rollo Woods, Pickard-Cambridge had a substantial collection of old "West Gallery" Dorset manuscripts, most of which were destroyed when his London home was destroyed in the 1940 blitz.
When doing research, it is important to distinguish William Adair ("W. A.") from his brother, Sir Arthur Wallace ("A. W.") Pickard-Cambridge (a noted Greek theatre scholar whose works are still in use, Jan. 20, 1873 - Feb. 7, 1952) and from his father, Rev. Octavius Pickard-Cambridge (a Victorian clergymen-naturalist and world authority on spiders, November 3, 1828 - Mar 9, 1917; I have also seen year of birth as 1825 and 1835). To further muddy the waters, Rev. Octavius Pickard-Cambridge had a nephew, Frederick Octavius Pickard-Cambridge, who was also a noted entomologist!
My thanks to a friend of this site, John Leake, who helped in clarifying and correcting this page.
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A Virgin Most Pure (As The Prophets Did Tell)
Joy To The World (The Lord Is Come)
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