Posted by Captain Everett on September 07, 1998 at 21:44:27:
In response to Old tunes, written by Caroline on September 07, 1998 at 11:42:49
] 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'. [snip]
What the gentry, and those who wished to be amongst them, danced was refined versions of the traditional folk dances. The tunes would likely remain the same because they closely fit the movements. These often had rather "earthy" lyrics, or at least a high degree of double entendre. However, I suspect that like the dance, the words would also be refined, and highly sanatized. Consider for example, how traditional fairy tales lost their harsh dose of "reality" and became cute stories.
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