Best Loved American Folk Songs [Folk Song. U.S.A.]. Collected, Adapted and Arranged by John A. Lomax & Alan Lomax. Music Arrangements by Charles Seeger & Ruth Crawford Seeger.

By: Lomax, John A. and Alan Lomax

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Royal octavo, green illustrated cloth (hardcover), xvi + 407 pp. Very Good+, with slight sunning to edges. From Preface: This is a sampling of America's folk songs -- homemade hand-me-downs in words and music, songs accepted by whole communities, songs voted good by generations of singers and passed on by word of mouth to succeeding generations, a tradition quite distinct from popular song (made to sell and sell quickly) and cultivated art (made, so much of it, to conform to prestige patterns). If these songs had composers at first, they have been largely forgotten, and rightly so, since folk composers are adapters of old material rather than creators of original set pieces. The folk ballad-maker prefers to change an old song slightly to fit a new situation, making use of a tried tune and a well-loved plot formula and thus assuring himself of the favor of his audience. Every singer may then make his own emendations, to be accepted and passed on or rejected and forgotten by his audiences. So the mass of a people participate in folk song's growth, forever reweaving old materials to create new versions, much as an old lady creates a new quilt out of an old by adding, year by year, new scraps and patches. So folk song grows in small steps, with every slight change tested for audience reaction...

Title: Best Loved American Folk Songs [Folk Song. U.S.A.]. Collected, Adapted and Arranged by John A. Lomax & Alan Lomax. Music Arrangements by Charles Seeger & Ruth Crawford Seeger.

Author Name: Lomax, John A. and Alan Lomax

Categories: American Culture,

Publisher: New York: Grosset & Dunlap, (1947). Fourth Edition.:

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