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Thread #107784   Message #2238676
Posted By: Don Firth
17-Jan-08 - 03:21 PM
Thread Name: Composers 'stealing' folk themes
Subject: RE: Composers 'stealing' folk themes
Woody Guthrie rarely wrote original tunes, he just set new words to pre-existing tunes. Bob Dylan did pretty much the same thing.

Is it okay for folkies to use melodies written by other people, but not for classical music composers? If not, then why not?

Don Firth