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Thread #166098   Message #3992061
Posted By: Iains
13-May-19 - 07:27 AM
Thread Name: If you don't like ballads......
Subject: RE: If you don't like ballads......
There are no absolute answers. At what point does narration actually morph to acting/singing. Recitation accompanied by changes of intonation, gestures, twanging a "harp" were all used to create an "ambience" for delivery of the story/saga/history etc.
If a balladic presentation worked it is more thanlikely it was used.

. The (Welsh) Laws of Hywel Dda, originally compiled around 900 A.D, identify a bard as a member of a king's household. His duties, when the bodyguard were sharing out booty, included the singing of the sovereignty of Britain—possibly why the genealogies of the British high kings survived into the written historical record.

“...a profoundly important truth about musical instruments everywhere: they are intimately connected in folktale, myth, and legend to local symbols of rebirth. Thus, legend relates that Hermes made the first lyre from a turtle carapace; similarly, the first Arab lute was modeled after the body of a beloved male child; the Finnish culture hero Väinämöinen made the first zither, kantele, from the body of a giant pike; the Celts made their first legendary harp from whalebones. In each case, the symbolically significant creature is "reborn" as an ”instrument which "sings" as well as appears in a shape reminiscent of the creature modeled.”