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The General Character of European Folk Music
VV hat is Europe? Is it an aggregate of separate cultures or an integral unit? And what is European folk song? A single body of music or simply a group of separate styles as large in number as the continent's nations and languages?" These questions are asked by Walter Wiora,1 a leading authority on folk music, and they are good questions with which to begin a discussion of European folk music. Of course, a qualified uyes" can be said to each of these ques­tions. In some ways, European folk music is indeed a single corpus of musical style. The various European folk musics have much in
1 Walter Wiora, Europ'discher Volksgesang (Cologne: Arno Volk Ver-lag, 1950), p. 5.
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