Doctor of Teleocity
- May 31, 2008
- Corpus Christi, Texas
Folk song. Is best not learnt from a written form.
In 1841 I don't think the best version was performed by scribes.
Imagine a transcribed version of Dark was the night Cold was the ground.
Listen to your favourite artists perform the piece and interpret in your way. It is the aural form of folk music, the tradition.
True confessions time. I can't read music.
I have referenced sheet music in this thread for the benefit of others that do. For me, all sheet music really tells me is what the lyrics were at the time of publication. And in post #11 above, the sheet music published in Scots Minstrelsie in 1893 in Edinburgh preserves a version of the lyrics that I take to be the standard.
So I do base my interpretation of the folk song on what I've heard and what I feel. But I do want to get the words right.