Musical authenticity (was "Hunting the Wren")
White Tree Productions
ioseph at locksley.com
Sun Sep 10 15:48:46 PDT 1995
On Sun, 10 Sep 1995, Dave & Laura McKinstry wrote:
> Brett Williams wrote:
> >It's my feeling that if we exclude the unprovable then it would lead
> >one to a natural conclusion that not only should we exclude the
> >unproven, but also our own efforts as well. I, for one, fail to see the
> >difference, from the viewpoint of absolute authenticity standards,
> >between reinterpretation of fragments of period balladry/songs and
> >original effort. Both are, at heart, according to the cry of the
> >authenticity maven, "not period".
And thereby limiting us to that small group of provably period songs..feh!
> for the period songs I would sing. THe melodies, at best, stayed relatively
> the same, but not even that. Some harpers would overhear a song in a
> tavern, or somesuch, then later recreate it as best they remembered on their
> own instrument, sometimes trying to recall the words, or change the
> rendition to reflect their own values.
This is called the "folk process" and is quite common indeed in traditional
> as I stated in an earlier post, I believe the INTENT of being a bard is to
> tell us of OUR history, so you will more likely hear me sing of Richard of
> Huntington's (Trimaris) three stags on his coat of arms than, say, Queen
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