Scott DeLancey wrote:
> The folk music is what folks out in the boondocks
>play to dance to, or whatever. (...)
>The classical music is a rigid tradition, it's the music which gets
>(or got) played in the royal court, for big official functions. There are
>professional classical musicians, who go to music schools, where they
>learn the rules. (...) you need to enter the system and learn the art;
>and when you go and play, you play it the way you were taught.
>You could easily call this "traditional" music, there's
>definitely a tradition which is adhered to, which is passed down
>from generation to generation--but "folk" it ain't.
>I think "classical" sometimes gets used loosely, but essentially this
>the way it should be used(...)
I think this is an accurate definition of classical music, that is, the
music that's referred to as _the_classics_. And, as someone else has
pointed out, it may contain elements of folk music, or even genuine folk
tunes (J.Brahms' _Hungarian_Dances_, for ex. ), but always adapted to those
rules mentioned above.
Well, as to the words traditional and folk, according to the Oxford
Dictionary I have (Advanced Learner's, 4th ed -- my native tongue is
Portuguese), they mean:
>>traditional -- passing of beliefs or customs from one generation to the
next, *especially* without writing; any *long-established* method, practice.
>>folk-music (folk), folk song -- music or song in the **traditional**
style of a *country*.
Therefore, correct me if I'm wrong, but Irish folk and Irish traditional
music are one and the same thing, right?
But, then, there's always the possibility of being misinterpreted by people
who immediately associate folk-music with Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Crosby,
Stills, Nash & Young, etc. (at least this would certainly be the case here
in my country, Brazil). That's why I'd rather say Irish _traditional_
music, 'cause it leaves no doubt as to what I'm talking about.
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