Folk & Traditional Music of the Western Continents

The folk & traditional music of Europe, Africa & the Americas explored.

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Folk and Traditional Music in its Cultural Setting
Introduction
We are concerned here with a body of music called ethnic, folk, or "traditional," as it is found in Europe, most of Africa, and the Americas. This music consists essentially of two groups: 1) folk music, which is found in those areas in which there is also a develop­ment of urban, professionalized, cultivated classical music, and 2) primitive music, which is the music of the nonliterate cultures, those that do not have a tradition of sophisticated musical culture living alongside the musical folk culture. Although we really have no way of telling just what actually happened, we may perhaps assume that the musical development of all cultures was once something like the present-day folk and primitive music in the sense that it involved peo-
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