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Folk Song Category (or Folk Song form)
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Folk songs are traditional tunes handed down orally from generation to generation. Some are as much as five or more centuries old. Usually the original composer is unknown, and the music may have changed substantially in the course of time. Most have only been written down comparatively recently, especially by late 19th century composers who published collections of folk songs from their own countries. The folk-song tended to become a symbol of nationalism in many countries, in the later 19th and early 20th centuries, although this trend was resisted in England.

Many types of music are included in folk songs., for example, lullabies, nursery rhymes, love songs, battle songs, ballads about historical events, and work songs. They all posses memorable and direct melodies, simple harmonies, and un-sophisticated words. They are usually strophic in form, that is they consist of many verses set to the same tune, sometimes with a 'chorus' interposed between each verse.

In Britain, Cecil Sharp and Vaughn-Williams were pre-eminent in writing down and publishing English folk-songs. The Scottish, Welsh and Irish songs are generally better-known then the English ones. In many continental European countries, the folk songs and associated folk-dances have formed the basis of a modern tourist industry, in which large-scale theatrical performances in brightly-coloured traditional costumes, are attended by eager bus-loads of tourists. In Austria and Switzerland, some folk songs originate from mountain farmers who 'yodelled' to send their voice over long distances. In Russia, folk song is often associated with folk dances such as the Trepak of the Cossaks. In Spain, flamenco guitarists accompany singers and dancers with their fiery and unique style.

The United States of America has inherited many folk traditions from the immigrants who settled there from all over the world. In particular, the spirituals or religious songs sung by the descendents of the African slaves, have been adopted as a feature of typical 'North American' music. In the 1960s some US songwriters started writing songs in a style blending folk elements with 'Pop' and 'Rock', and they called themselves 'folk-singers'. So in the USA the distinction between traditional folk songs, and modern rock, has become somewhat blurred.

Mélodies appartenant à la catégorie Folk Song. Audio est disponible pour 106 mélodies dans cette catégorie.
Name of WorkComposerEnsemblePeriod
All Through the NightVariousSoloTraditional
Alle Vogel Sind Schon DaVariousSoloTraditional
Annie LaurieVariousOther EnsemblesTraditional
Are You Going to Scarborough Fair?VariousOrchestraTraditional
As I was going to Strawberry FairVariousDuetTraditional
Auld Lang SyneVariousSoloTraditional
Aura LeeVariousChoirTraditional
Barbara AllenVariousString QuartetTraditional
Beautiful DreamerFosterChoirTraditional
Begone Dull CareVariousOrchestraTraditional
Believe me, if all those endearing young charmsVariousDuetTraditional
Blow Away the Morning DewVariousWind Chamber GroupsTraditional
Blow the Man DownVariousDuetTraditional
Blue Bells of ScotlandVariousDuetTraditional
Bobby ShaftoeVariousDuetTraditional
Boney was a warriorVariousSoloTraditional
Botany BayVariousSoloTraditional
British Grenadiers MarchVariousBrass BandTraditional
Cambells are comi'.VariousDuetTraditional
Camptown RacesFosterSoloTraditional
Cape Cod GirlsVariousSoloTraditional
Charlie is my DarlingVariousTrioTraditional
Click go the ShearsHillDuetRomantic
Cockles and MusselsVariousOther EnsemblesTraditional
Come Lasses and LadsVariousSoloTraditional
Comin' thro' the RyeVariousSoloTraditional
Drink To Me Only With Thine EyesVariousDuetTraditional
Early One MorningVariousTrioTraditional
Eriskay Love LiltVariousSoloTraditional
For He's a Jolly Good FellowVariousSoloTraditional
Frère JacquesVariousWind Chamber GroupsTraditional
Fuchs, du hast die Gans gestohlenVariousRhythm ComboTraditional
Golden SlumbersVariousPops OrchestraTraditional
Here we go gathering Nuts in MayVariousSoloTraditional
Here's a Health unto his MajestyVariousDuetTraditional
Hot Cross BunsVariousSoloTraditional
I Dream of Jeannie with the Light Brown HairFosterSoloTraditional
I had a little Nut treeVariousDuetTraditional
I saw Three ShipsVariousSoloTraditional
Il était une BergèreVariousString QuartetTraditional
Jamaica farewell (Kingston Town)VariousOther EnsemblesTraditional
John Brown's BodyVariousDuetTraditional
John Peel (Do you ken John Peel)VariousDuetTraditional
Keel RowVariousDuetTraditional
Last Rose of SummerStevensonSoloTraditional
Lavender's BlueVariousSoloTraditional
Lightly Row (Hanschen klein)VariousSoloTraditional
Lincolnshire PoacherVariousDuetTraditional
Loch LomondVariousSoloTraditional
Londonderry Air (Oh Danny Boy)VariousOther EnsemblesTraditional
Marching Through GeorgiaVariousMilitary BandTraditional
Men of HarlechVariousOrchestraTraditional
Minstrel Boy (The)VariousDuetTraditional
My Bonnie lies over the OceanVariousOther EnsemblesTraditional
My Old Kentucky HomeFosterSoloTraditional
O du lieber AugustinVariousSoloTraditional
Oak and the AshVariousDuetTraditional
Oh My Darling ClementineVariousRhythm ComboTraditional
Oh SusannaFosterRhythm ComboTraditional
Oh, No JohnVariousSoloTraditional
Polly OliverVariousSoloTraditional
Poor Old JoeFosterDuetTraditional
Pop Goes the WeaselVariousSoloTraditional
PortsmouthVariousOther EnsemblesTraditional
Robin AdairVariousSoloTraditional
Robin Hood and the Curtal FriarVariousSoloTraditional
Scotland the BraveVariousSoloTraditional
Scots wha hae' wi' Wallace bledVariousSoloTraditional
She'll be Coming Round the Mountain When She ComesVariousTrad Jazz BandTraditional
Skye Boat SongVariousDuetTraditional
Song of the Volga BoatmenVariousSoloTraditional
South WindVariousDuetTraditional
Sur Le PontVariousSoloTraditional
Sweet Lass from Richmond HillVariousSoloTraditional
Swing Low Sweet ChariotWallisWind Chamber GroupsTraditional
The Ash GroveVariousSoloTraditional
The Dashing White SergeantVariousOther EnsemblesTraditional
The Girl I left Behind Me.VariousDuetTraditional
The Magistrate's LassVariousSoloTraditional
The Mill WheelVariousSoloTraditional
The Old Folks at Home (Way down upon the Swanee River)FosterRhythm ComboTraditional
The Star Spangled BannerSmithOrchestraTraditional
The Vicar of BrayVariousDuetTraditional
The Water is WideVariousDuetTraditional
The Yellow Rose of TexasVariousOther EnsemblesTraditional
There is a Tavern in the TownVariousDuetTraditional
There was a Jolly MillerVariousOther EnsemblesTraditional
This Old ManVariousSoloTraditional
True Love (Swabian Air)VariousSoloTraditional
Upon Paul's SteepleVariousSoloTraditional
Waltzing MatildaVariousOther EnsemblesTraditional
We wish You a Merry ChristmasVariousDuetTraditional
What can the Matter be?VariousSoloTraditional
When Johnny Comes Marching HomeVariousBrass BandTraditional
Where Are You Going My Pretty Maid?VariousSoloTraditional
Wi' A Hundred PipersVariousSoloTraditional
Widdicombe FairVariousDuetTraditional
Wild Colonial BoyVariousDuetTraditional
Will Ye No Come Back AgainVariousSoloTraditional
Wraggle Taggle Gypsies OhVariousSoloTraditional
Yankee Doodle DandyVariousMilitary BandTraditional
Ye Banks and Braes of Bonny DoonVariousDuetTraditional
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