Evelyn Lillian Haseldine Carrington, Countess of Martinengo-Cesaresco, is a British folklorist well known in the late 19th and early 20th centuries for her work on folk songs. Her name is less familiar today because she contributed mainly to the popularization of ethnographic materials by writing in Victorian magazines read by the middle class, which was increasingly eager to better itself. Her many essays on Italian and Greek singing traditions are compiled in a single volume, Essays in the Study of Folk-Songs, published in 1886 and reprinted in 1914, making it one of the most popular works ever devoted to traditional songs.
“The Padrona of Folksongs: Biography of Evelyn Carrington, Countess Martinengo-Cesaresco”
David Hopkin, 2018
Evelyn Lillian Haseldine Carrington, Countess Martinengo-Cesaresco (1852-1931), was a well-known writer on folksong at the end of the nineteenth/early twentieth century. If her name is less familiar in this context now it is because she was a populariser, writing in the Victorian monthly journals for an ever-increasing British middle-class audience who were eager for education and self-improvement. Her numerous essays on Italian, Greek and (...)