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Thread #158878   Message #3762681
Posted By: GUEST,leeneia
03-Jan-16 - 09:53 PM
Thread Name: folk process: tune evolution?
Subject: RE: folk process: tune evolution?
Tunes don't evolve, but sometimes people change them. Take a tune.

Musician #1 is a beginner, and he makes it easier to play - skips ornaments, makes big jumps smaller, ignores dotted timings, drops accidentals, omits pick-up notes, plays slow.

Musician #2 is in a polka band, and he makes it hop up and down more.

Musician #3 wants a tune for a class of six-year-olds, so he moves it from minor to major.

Musician #4 wants authenticity, so he revives Version 1. (He is lucky to find an old version in a published book.)

Musician #5 wants a barbershop sound, so he throws in new sharps and flats.

Musician #6 wants to impress music critics, so he plays it fast with lots of ornaments.
Let this go on for 100 or 200 years, and chances are nobody will know what the original tune was like.