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Thread #11898   Message #3150713
Posted By: MGM·Lion
09-May-11 - 04:33 AM
Thread Name: 'Conversation' songs
Subject: RE: 'Conversation' songs
The use of dialogue to advance the story is, of course, one of the main conventions of the ballad form; sometimes almost to the exclusion or near-exclusion of other elements [THE MAID FREED FROM THE GALLOWS, THE UNQUIET GRAVE], & almost invariably present to some extent. So there is no need for what appear to be 'conversation' songs, like THE SAUCY SAILOR, which surely derive from this convention, to be sung as duets ~~ tho, of course, they can be, most effectively: especially if explicitly conceived in such a form, as with HUSBANDMAN AND SERVINGMAN.