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GUEST,Derek Schofield Lectures on folk: live or records? (10) RE: Lectures on folk: live or records? 09 Nov 14


A few years ago I did a talk on Vaughan Williams and the songs he collected, especially where the themes then found their way into his compositions. I played traditional singers where possible to illustrate the music (as well as RVW compositions to show where the tunes occurred). These were to non-folk audiences, generally classical music people (including one at the Finnish Embassy to an audience of RVW Society and Sibelius enthusiasts - that was nerve-wracking!), who all seemed very interested in the older recordings.
But looking at the original question, generally, I would guess that audiences have little experiences of the immediacy and intimacy of unaccompanied singing, in "your own voice" that live singing can give. The Finnish embassy talk included a classical singer who sang some of the RVW folk song arrangements with piano accompaniment.
Derek


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