Posted by Caroline on September 07, 1998 at 11:42:49:
In response to HC's tune, written by Lesley on September 07, 1998 at 01:13:31
] The link to HC's tune sounds like a hymn but I'm not very good at remembering titles.
Probably becuase it sounds like an organ!
Also, would these folk tunes be played at small country balls among the gentry?
This is what I don't know, and would love to find out! I suspect that folk music, being the province of the illiterate, being largely very emotional, rather crude in humour, wouldn't get much of an airing in a society that valued refinement and 'taste'. Reason and balance, a mistrustof 'enthusiasm',and the ability to read and write would be a way for the Gentry to distinguish themselves fron the plebs.
From what I have heard of Jane Austen's music, it's all a bit like the score of P&P...distictly Baroque, lots of ripples and grace notes. There's nothing I have heard recorded that has heart-tearing lyrics, and minor key variations like the two songs here. This kind of song might be roared out in the Inn by soldiers, or hummed over a kitchen range by the cook, but I don't think it would have made it into the Ballroms. I was surprised at the use of "Father, Father, build me a boat" in Emma3, becuse it has all the indications of a traditional folk tune.Perhaps it was included as an "Irish" effect?
The country dances, are part of the folk tradition too, though, so who knows?
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