minstrel: Apology

erilarlo at win.bright.net erilarlo at win.bright.net
Thu Mar 9 09:12:35 PST 2000

At 8:37 AM -0600 3/9/0, John F. Hirling wrote:
>  (And I'd like to see filks banned altogether, but
>|that's my personal quirk.)
>|Tadhgh O Cuileannain
>Hmmm. . . . Interesting notion. Guess it depends on what you mean by "filk."
>If you mean non-period lyrics to a non-period tune, in non-period style, I
>couldn't agree with you more (and this from someone who has had the
>privilege of having his mouth duct taped shut for far worse).  If you mean
>doggeral set to period music, I wouldn't cry too much.  But if you mean the
>time honored (and period) tradition of putting new lyrics to an old tune,
>either as parody or with a new theme (e.g. "A Mighty Fortress is Our God"),
>I'm afraid we have disagreement.

Contrafacta([sp?] using someone else's melody for your new words) is just
as period as composing your own.


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