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Posted By: Steve Gardham
30-Jan-17 - 09:54 AM
Thread Name: Irish airs/Queen Elizabeth's music-book
Subject: RE: Irish airs/Queen Elizabeth's music-book
I think you make the point nicely there, Jack! With any tune it is extremely difficult to attribute it to any one race/country and I generally avoid doing so. Even where a known composer is concerned it often turns out that they have simply adapted an existing tune. Tune and song writers do not always credit their sources. This applies to almost any genre.

Even the first person to try to copyright an existing tune would have difficulties if it is possible to demonstrate that the tune already existed. All they can copyright is their arrangement.

If I was publishing a book of tunes from say England I would make sure I stated the tunes were COLLECTED/RECORDED in England, not that they originated there. This is where Bunting's The Ancient Music of Ireland falls down, and similar books, The airs were collected in Ireland, no problem, but it's quite likely that many did not originate there.