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Posted By: Don Firth
27-May-14 - 02:53 PM
Thread Name: Folk singers with longest career
Subject: RE: Folk singers with longest career
I heard that the first person to have used the terms "folk song" and "folk singer" was German philosopher, poet, and literary critic Johann Gottfried von Herder (25 August 1744 – 18 December 1803), who advised composers who wished to write music in a specific national style to listen to "volkslieder, die Lieder alter Völker" (folk song, the songs of the people) for a true "national flavor."

He was also quite adamant that the "volk" did not mean just the "rabble" or "lower classes." Somewhat before his time, he argued for a classless society.

By the way, great book, if you can find a copy:   The Old Troubadour by Gregory d'Alessio.

Don Firth