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Vaughan Williams on Music$
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David Manning

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195182392

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182392.001.0001

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Folk-Song in Chamber Music

Folk-Song in Chamber Music

(p.201) Chapter 39 Folk-Song in Chamber Music
Vaughan Williams on Music

David Manning

Oxford University Press

The influence of folk song on chamber music is difficult to divide from that of folk song on music in general. Chamber music is to be distinguished from other music chiefly in its scope and technique; an influence such as that of the folk song is likely to be felt by a composer equally whether he is writing symphonies, operas, or quartets. Therefore, to trace the influence of folk song on chamber music must, of necessity, be a rather arbitrary proceeding, consisting merely of tracing the folk influences on a composer's style generally and concentrating attention on those of his works that happen to fall under the head of chamber music. There is, however, one class of such music which is particularly likely to be influenced by folk song; namely, all that which is of melodic pattern and on a small and simple scale, written for a solo instrument or for two or three instruments in combination.

Keywords:   folk song, chamber music, scope, technique, folk influences, melodic pattern, simple scale

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