Singing Styles In Folk Music

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Register to read the introduction… Hungarian composer and ethnomusicologist Béla Bartók identified two primary singing styles in European folk music, which he named parlando-rubato and tempo giusto. Parlando-rubato, is stressing the words and frequently moves from strict metric and rhythmic patterns, whereas tempo giusto maintains an even tempo and follows metric patterns. Both these styles can be heard in European folk music. The typical folk song is strophic meaning the tune is repeated several times with successive stanzas of a poem. Most commonly tunes will have four lines the relationship between these four lines is called the form. The most common form in English folk music is when the four lines contain different content (ABCD), other form found include ABBA and ABAB among others. In Hungarian folk music the forms AA5A5A and AAA4A4 are common and in Czech folk music AA5BA and AA3A2A are common forms. The superscript numbers indicate interval of transposition upward and subscript numbers indicate interval of transposition …show more content…
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