Hi, Deckman, you may remember me, although I do not much hang around the Forum any more. I heard Robinson talk at Reed College, and I believe that was in 1957. He talked about composing Joe Hill (I think he composed the tune but not the words) but the main point was that folk music was polished through time and the source of the best music--a point he made well enough to make me rembember the talk for 50 years. He said that was why Bartok is a greater musician that Schoenberg, a point where I'm inclined to agree with him.
[And at the risk of being slapped silly for mentioning something that is already in a thread, I enthusicatically recommend Musikas, The Bartok Album (Rykomusik 1999), as containing some of the finest fiddle tunes I ever heard, as Bï¿½rtok collected them and as replayed by contemporary musicians.]