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WESTERN FOLK MUSIC IN THE AMERICAS 205
coveries of unknown styles, unexplored musical cultures, unexpected instruments, and new distributions of musical types, always requir­ing changes in theory and reorientation of scholarly thought. As long as this is the state of traditional music, one can hardly claim that it is a dying art.
Bibliography and discography
The developments in collecting and studying American folk song are discussed in D. K. Wilgus, Anglo-American Folksong Scholarship Since 189S (New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 1959). A bibliographic survey of ballads originating in America is Malcolm G. Laws, Native American Balladry (Philadelphia: American Folklore So­ciety, 1950). The classic collection of British song in the U.S. is Cecil J. Sharp, English Folk Songs -from the Southern Appalachians (London: Oxford University Press, 1952, 2 vols.); and a modem collection covering all types of song is Alan Lomax, The Folk Songs of North America in the English Language (New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1961). Samuel P. Bayard, Hill Country Tunes (Philadelphia: American Folklore Society, 1944) is a collection of instrumental folk music. Charles Seeger, "The Appalachian Dulcimer," Journal of American Folklore, LXXI (1958), 40-52 discusses one important American folk instrument.
The role of folk music in entertainment and education is discussed in Sven Eric Molin, "Lead Belly, Burl Ives, and Sam Hinton," Journal of American Folklore, LXXI (1958), 58-78; and Charles Seeger, "Folk Music in the Schools of a Highly Industrialized Society," J-1FMC, V (1953), 40-44.
Spanish-American folk music is discussed in Eleanor Hague, Latin American Music, Fast and Fresent (Santa Ana, Calif.: Fine Arts Press, 1934). An important collection is Vicente T. Mendoza, La Cancion Mexicana (Mexico: Universidad Nacional, 1961).
The music of other ethnic groups in America is presented in Marius Barbeau, Jongleur Songs of Old Quebec (New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 1962); Harriet Pawrlowska, Merrily We Sing, 105 Polish Folk Songs (Detroit: Wayne State LTniversity Press, 1961); Bruno Nettl, "The Hyms of the Amish: An Example of Marginal Survival," Journal of American Folklore, LXX (1957), 323-28; Stephen Erdely, "Folk-singing of the American Hungarians in Cleveland," Ethnomusicology, VIII (1964), 14-27; and Jacob A. Evanson, "Folk Songs of an Industrial City" in Pennsylvania Songs and Legends, ed. George Korson (Phila­delphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1949), which deals with Slo­vak songs in Pittsburgh.
It is difficult to select a group of recommended records from the multitude available for the European-American folk traditions. For the







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