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Thread #158878   Message #3761124
Posted By: GUEST,Phil d'Conch
27-Dec-15 - 12:47 PM
Thread Name: folk process: tune evolution?
Subject: RE: folk process: tune evolution?
OP: " folk songs evolve through oral tradition... believed to represent orally transmitted tradition."

What are the methods for validating an exclusively 'oral' tradition? eg: If reference sheet music and/or audio recordings do exist, how does one parse/quantify their influence on the evolution/transmission of the song under study?