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Thread #158897   Message #3761888
Posted By: GUEST,Dave
31-Dec-15 - 04:24 AM
Thread Name: a folk song with lots of incarnations
Subject: RE: a folk song with lots of incarnations
MGM, Barbara Allen is also composed, if we are to believe Pepys, or at least Roud's interpretation of Pepys' comment on that song. Unlike Sumer is Icumin in, a manuscript does not survive. Hence the variety of different renditions which survive, people performing it had no written reference. Oral transmission is necessarily less precise than working from a preserved written record. Some may think thats a good thing.