21L.423 / 21M.223J Introduction to Anglo-American Folkmusic, Fall 2002
Author(s)Perry, Ruth; Ruckert, George
Introduction to Anglo-American Folkmusic
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This subject will introduce students to scholarship about folk music of the British Isles and North America. We will define the qualities of "folk music" and "folk poetry," including the narrative qualities of ballads, and we will try to recreate the historical context in which such music was an essential part of everyday life. We will survey the history of collecting, beginning with Pepys' collection of broadsides, Percy's Reliques and the Gow collections of fiddle tunes. The urge to collect folk music will be placed in its larger historical, social and political contexts. We will trace the migrations of fiddle styles and of sung ballads to look at the broad outlines of the story of collecting folk music in the USA, especially in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
folk music, music production, music transmission, music preservation, British Isles, seventeenth century, folk revival, balladry, fiddle styles, 21L.423, 21M.223J, 21M.223, Folk music -- United States