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GUEST,Pete Peterson What are the oldest surviving tunes? (60* d) RE: What are the oldest surviving tunes? 18 Jan 05


John Greenway, authof of "American Folk Songs of Protest" and one time President of the American Folklore Society, believed, and stated publicly, that Beowulf was the oldest known example of the talking blues. No tune, but chanted rhythmically to instrumental acoompaniment. And wonder if we'll ever know the tunes King David made up to accompany his Psalms.


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