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Title: Folk Music


1
Folk Music
  • The History and Sounds

2
Defining Folk Music
  • Music by and of the people
  • Performed within communities
  • Born in places not yet commercialized
  • Oral tradition
  • Telling a story
  • Epic of Gilgamesh

3
Defining Folk Music
  • 20th and 21st Century
  • Popular music culturally descended from tradition
  • Performed by experts
  • Becomes known as traditional music

4
History of Folk Tradition
  • Folk- 18th century term referring to peasants or
    non-literate peoples
  • Historical responsibility
  • Continuity
  • Tradition
  • Oral transmission

5
Folk Subjects
  • Most folk music is vocal
  • Narrative verse
  • Merging of epic poetry into one song
  • Recalling major battles or natural disasters
  • It brings the past back to life!

6
Folk Subjects
  • Work songs
  • Call and response
  • Gives workers a sense of rhythm to carry on into
    their work
  • Jody calls during war
  • Sea shanties

7
Folk Subjects
  • Nursery Rhymes
  • Itsy Bitsy Spider
  • There was an old woman who swallowed a fly
  • Old MacDonald

8
Variation in Folk Music
  • Oral transmission cannot produce exact replicas
  • Many singers intentionally modify the material

9
Variation in Folk Music
  • Cecil Sharp- Biological natural selection
  • only variants that were most appealing would be
    carried on by others
  • Can make folk songs sloppy

10
America and Folk Music
  • The Star Spangled Banner
  • Dixie
  • When Johnny Comes Marching Home
  • Battle Hymn of the Republic
  • Oh My Darling, Clementine

11
Folk Instruments
  • Voice
  • Guitar
  • Banjo
  • Mandolin
  • Harmonica
  • Dulcimer
  • Fiddle
  • Tin whistles
  • Washtub bass
  • Kazoo
  • Jugs
  • Autoharp

12
Early Folk Musicians
  • Burl Ives
  • Git Along Little Doggie
  • There Was an Old Woman who Swallowed a Fly

13
Early Folk Musicians
  • Bill Monroe
  • Blue Moon Of Kentucky

14
Early Folk Musicians
  • Hank Williams
  • Im So Lonesome
  • Paper Boy

15
Early Folk Musicians
  • Woody Guthrie
  • Big Rock Candy Mountain

16
Early Folk Musicians
  • Pete Seeger
  • Little Boxes

17
Early Folk Musicians
  • Stephen Foster
  • Oh Susana

18
Influences
19
Legacy
  • Oral tradition continues every time a story is
    told
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