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Thread #109916   Message #2307233
Posted By: GUEST,Sue Allan
05-Apr-08 - 05:04 AM
Thread Name: Our ghastly folk tradition
Subject: RE: Our ghastly folk tradition
From Matthew Gelbard's 2007 book 'The Invention of "folk music" and "art music":

"Patent, 'objective definitions of both folk and art music, whether by the International Folk Music Council, text book authors, or anyone else, are doomed to inconsistency, tautology, and ultimately self-contradiction because folk music and art music are not timeless, objective truths, but very human constructions."


" is the histories of the concepts - the nebulous masses of connotations that build around them - that give them meaning ... an act of historical 'defining' that uncovers the deeper assumptions and prejudices that the terms have picked up."


Sue Allan
(gets coat and runs ...)