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folk music

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
First recorded in 1885-90 Unabridged
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folk music

music that is passed on from generation to generation by oral tradition Compare art music
any music composed in the idiom of this oral tradition
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Word Origin and History for folk music

1889, from folk (also cf. folklore). In reference to the branch of modern popular music (originally associated with Greenwich Village in New York City) it dates from 1958.

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folk music definition

A kind of music originating from the ordinary people of a region or nation and continued by oral tradition. The 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.

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