Folk Song as Hybrid Art Form

British Journal of Aesthetics 62 (3):419-430 (2022)
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A number of philosophers of music have proved resistant to the idea that song should be considered as a hybrid art that combines language and music. Separately, Levinson in his influential account of hybrid art forms does not admit folk song, even though he does allow nineteenth-century lieder into the hybrid category. Folk songs are sometimes treated as if they are anterior to and therefore ontologically distinct from the more complex songs of Western art music, or even of modern popular culture. In contrast, this article argues that in a historical perspective English-language folk songs constitute a category of considerable complexity, and that the combination of the two distinct media of language and music is fundamental to any consideration of such songs in an ontological perspective.

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The Philosophy of Music: Theme and Variations.Aaron Ridley - unknown - Edinburgh University Press.
Hybrid Art Forms.Jerrold Levinson - 1984 - Journal of Aesthetic Education 18 (4):5-14.
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