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Thread #158878   Message #3890350
Posted By: Jack Campin
25-Nov-17 - 11:28 AM
Thread Name: folk process: tune evolution?
Subject: RE: folk process: tune evolution?
(Welcome back, Richard!)

The reason tune evolution is not of much interest to ethnomusicologists is probably because they have other fish to fry. They're mostly concerned with how music fits into social phenomena, and the social role of music is governed by dialectical rather than evolutionary processes. It doesn't take adaptation of a melody to suit it to becoming a football anthem or an "Oh Jeremy Corbyn" or a wedding request, it takes a certain kind of familiarity.