Mudcat Café message #3451951 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #148569   Message #3451951
Posted By: Richard Mellish
14-Dec-12 - 04:43 PM
Thread Name: I need a word or term: spoken song?
Subject: RE: I need a word or term: spoken song?
I recall hearing that the ballad Chevy Chase was traditionally recited while the tune of that name was played as a musical accompaniment. Dunno whether that's accurate, but it would be consistent with some of the observations in this thread.

One difference from the Beowulf and Odyssey videos would be that the instrument plays a continuous tune rather than occasional notes or chords.

Marje asked >what's the Welsh one they do with a harp?<
This seems relevant.