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Thread #120890   Message #3371982
Posted By: GUEST,Blandiver
04-Jul-12 - 02:29 PM
Thread Name: New Penguin Book of English Folk Song
Subject: RE: New Penguin Book of English Folk Song
The only difference is idiomatic, Jim. Otherwise music's music, be it Folk Song or Heavy Metal. Other than that, it doesn't really need defining, just observing, and describing rather than prescribing. All musics are the product of Individual Human Creative Genius operating out of a mastery of a culturally / communally defined idiom. Some individual compose as groups (we hear this of Balinese Gamelan & King Crimson) but the core of any group is the uniqueness of the individuals it's comprised of.   

Otherwise, as I say, once we start using the taxonomy (which we all do) then we're buying into the academic realm in which Folk exists as something quite distinct from The Tradition (which is a Folkish concept too really) in which things were very different.