The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #158878   Message #3890237
Posted By: Steve Gardham
24-Nov-17 - 05:08 PM
Thread Name: folk process: tune evolution?
Subject: RE: folk process: tune evolution?
But then 'selection' was arguably the most important of the 3 descriptors. Both 'continuity' and 'variation' are also major factors in the print tradition.

'Continuity' in the sense that the most 'popular' continued to be printed in large numbers by the broadside presses.

'variation' I hope to demonstrate at tomorrow's conference was a major feature in the print tradition particularly with those ballads that later entered oral tradition.