- music, usually of simple character and anonymous authorship, handed down among the common people by oral tradition.
- music by known composers that has become part of the folk tradition of a country or region.
Origin of folk music
Examples from the Web for folk music
It's unconscious memory, maybe; inherited memory, like folk-music.Song of the Lark
Saved from the multitudinous distractions of town life, the love of the folk-music took root in his heart and grew undisturbed.
The work, which does not appear to have become a repertory opera, is worth the study of those who are interested in folk-music.
You're finding out much quicker than I. It's all folk-music to you still; to me Strauss and the rest of the tired stuff.The Freelands
The folk-music of no nation is more endowed with individuality and depth of emotion.Music: An Art and a Language
Walter Raymond Spalding
- music that is passed on from generation to generation by oral traditionCompare art music
- any music composed in the idiom of this oral tradition
Word Origin and History for folk music
A kind of music originating from the ordinary people of a region or nation and continued by oral tradition. The ballad (see also ballad) is a typical form of folk music. Music is also called “folk” when it is made by artists and composers who are inspired by, or imitate, true folk music. Composers such as Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie are folk musicians of the second kind.