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Thread #19126 Message #193476
Posted By: Malcolm Douglas
11-Mar-00 - 01:26 PM
Thread Name: BS: What is folk music?
Subject: RE: BS: What is folk music?
Obviously I'd take issue with Chuck's comment; it's overly simplistic and comes perilously close to the reductio ad absurdam of saying that all music is folk music. In mentioning Mozart, Praise raises an interesting point. Composers who themselves belong firmly in the Art Music camp sometimes "borrow" traditional melodies; that doesn't make their work "folk music" in any sense, however. On the other hand, melodies from art music do from time to time find their way into tradition; an example that comes to mind is Weber's "Huntsman's Chorus".