Folk & Traditional Music of the Western Continents

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Eastern Europe
If the area east of Italy, Germany, and Scandinavia has any in≠ternal unity in its folk music style, this must be due to the fact that the area, on the whole, has been much less under the influence of art music than has the western half of Europe. Peoples as diverse as the Greeks, the Russians, and the Finns can hardly be expected to have one style of folk music. For many centuries, parts of Eastern Europe have repeatedly been conquered by and re-conquered from several peoples from the outsideóMongols, Turks, Romans, Germans. Its cul≠ture has many roots, among them the Hellenistic, Islamic, Oriental, and North Asian. It is inhabited by peoples speaking languages of several distinct families and groups: Slavic, the largest group; Finno-

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