The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #158878   Message #3761162
Posted By: Steve Shaw
27-Dec-15 - 04:43 PM
Thread Name: folk process: tune evolution?
Subject: RE: folk process: tune evolution?
I don't want to talk at cross purposes, as you are referring to songs rather than tunes much of the time. I would just say that ornaments and variations are not add-ons to tunes. They are the tunes. A traditional tune can't be defined as an entity which is designed to yield to crude representation as notes on a page. Chicken and egg and all that. The "bare notes of the tune on the page" are no more the tune than my skeleton is my body.