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This programme, the penultimate radio programme for A101, the Arts Foundation course, considers the inspiration found by nineteenth century composers, and in particular, composers from Germany and ...Austria, in the Folk Song they heard. As the presenter, Richard Middleton, says, quoting Constant Lambert, "the whole trouble with a folk song is that once you have played it through, there is nothing much you can do except play it over again and play it rather louder." Until the end of the eighteenth century, folk song's were treated by composer/arrangers strictly as sources for tunes; the result of the re-working was usually highly fanciful and far removed in spirit from the original. This time, Romantic composers supposedly revered the spirit of the folk tradition but they still faced the same problem of what to do with the music, during the programme, Martyn Hill provides the musical illustrations, accompanied by John Constable.
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Module code and title: A101, An arts foundation course
Item code: A101; 31
Recording date: 1978-07-03
First transmission date: 26-09-1978
Published: 1978
Rights Statement: Rights owned or controlled by The Open University
Restrictions on use: This material can be used in accordance with The Open University conditions of use. A link to the conditions can be found at the bottom of all OUDA web pages.
Duration: 00:18:32
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Producer: Edward Hayward
Contributors: Richard Middleton; Martyn Hill; John Constable
Publisher: BBC Open University
Keyword(s): Accompaniment; Arrangement; Lyrics; strophic
Master spool number: TLN17950H432
Production number: TLN950H432
Available to public: no