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Thread #138735   Message #3181198
Posted By: Brian Peters
04-Jul-11 - 09:56 AM
Thread Name: Do purists really exist?
Subject: RE: Do purists really exist?
"The making, hearing and remaking of songs is the very waters of music to a greater or lesser extent. Musicologists might speak of such fluidities and traditions in the interpretation of Chopin"

When you can point me towards feral versions of Chopin Etudes co-existing happily and unselfconsciously in three or more different musical modes, or perhaps renditions of his Lieder with texts that are substantially different but still contrive to put across the same idea, then I might start to take this argument seriously. We are talking of a difference in kind here: music defined by the score evolves differently from that which is not.

"I might conclude that it's only to the Folk Religious that The Folk Process appears so remarkable"

Well, I adhere to no religion, and certainly not to this mythical 'Folk Religion' that you keep trying to persuade us is so widespread. But I must confess that when I listen to Phil Tanner's Henry Martin alongside Sam Larner's Lofty Tall Ship - so different, yet so clearly the same - or work my way through those 97 alternative tunes and texts for Two Sisters, then 'remarkable' is exactly the word that comes into my head.