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Thread #2224   Message #3747162
Posted By: Lighter
28-Oct-15 - 02:19 PM
Thread Name: What is a Folk Song?
Subject: RE: What is a Folk Song?
The most convincing bit of evidence is Walter Pardon's testimony - which is from the twentieth century.

I think that the local focus of the collectors equally supports the opposite conclusion, especially for previous generations.

What are the chances that a truly rare phenomenon would manifest itself so strongly in the very areas that the collectors worked in and, in theory, hardly anywhere else?

No one doubts that the tradition was waning by 1900. Why could it not have been robust a hundred years earlier?

(One *might* argue that so few intellectuals were interested in collecting such songs in the early 19th century simply because the songs were so common - and so widely unappreciated by those same intellectuals.)