Spring 133 Bluegrass presentation

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High Lonesome Sound: Ballads and Bluegrass
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Ideas About North American Folk Music • Preservation, Survival, Isolation – Allows best of past to survive – Links generations – Isolates differences between groups – Proves tenacity of oral traditions – Withstands melting pot
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• Early collectors – Francis James Child (1825-1896) The English and Scottish Popular Ballads ( 1883-98) • Literary texts, not songs or melodies – Cecil Sharp (1859-1924) English Folk-Song: Some Conclusions  (1907) • Moved ballad collecting into the field – Olive Dame Campbell (1882-1954) Folk Songs of the Southern Appalachians     (1917) American Folk Song and Oral Traditions
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Ballads Short popular song with a narrative element Narrative techniques – Focus on single situation – Action occurs during song – Narrator is impersonal Usually sung solo, or with one accompanying  instrument (fiddle, banjo, guitar)
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“Barbara Allen” (Child Ballad 84) Narrative anchors the ballad, but still allows 
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