I don't pretend to offer an "official" definition, but I'd define
a fling as a dance in rapid duple (2/4 or 4/4) meter, with frequent
runs of sixteenth notes. Once again, I'd cite the Arnold "Four Scottish
Dances" in illustration of incorporation of the idiom into art music.
The final movement (i.e., dance) is in the style of a fling, except it
is much bolder harmonically than anything one would be likely to find
within the folk continuum. Curiously (or is it really so curious?),
the well-known "Hoe-Down" from Copland's *Rodeo* calls to mind the
fling, although surely what Copland had in mind was something more
along the line of an American square- or line-dance.
J. MARSHALL BEVIL
On Sat, 11 Jun 1994 [log in to unmask] wrote:
> While we're on the various types of tunes, has anyone got the official
> definition of a fling? Gary Newman