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Thread #139929   Message #3216708
Posted By: GUEST,Lighter
01-Sep-11 - 06:04 PM
Thread Name: How old are the oldest Child ballads?
Subject: RE: How old are the oldest Child ballads?
It's difficult for us to imagine a time more recent than the Old Stone Age when people did not "tell short stories in song," i.e., sing ballads.

OTOH, if we didn't know better, it would be nearly as difficult to believe that singers just a hundred years ago didn't need or even often appreciate instrumental accompaniment.