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Thread #109312   Message #2285154
Posted By: GUEST,Shimrod
11-Mar-08 - 06:36 AM
Thread Name: Complex arrangments of traditional music
Subject: RE: Complex arrangments of traditional music
"Trad folk tunes are simple - many (perhaps the majority) could even be called simplistic. Certainly there's vanishing few folk tunes whose dots couldn't be played by a competent grade-2 violinist."

Now, there's a musician, trained in the classical tradition, talking if ever I heard one!

I am someone who has had no formal musical training and I find the business of 'reading the dots' to be a baffling mystery. Nevertheless, I find many of the tunes to traditional songs to be very beautiful. They provide me with much of the 'musical sustenance' that I need and I find them much more satisfying than much of the complicated stuff involving harmonies and complex arrangements etc.

I note, also, that many of the Victorian/Edwardian collectors, from Baring Gould through to Percy Grainger appear to have been more interested in the tunes than in the words. If the tunes were so "simple" why was this?