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Autumn Conference

Traditional Tunes and Popular Airs: Exploring Musical Resemblance

Exploring Musical Resemblance, 10 and 11 October 2020

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Programme (PDF)

Abstracts and Biogs (PDF)

Organised by the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library at the English Folk Dance and Song Society. 

The third Traditional Tunes and Popular Airs conference will run as an online event, using Zoom.

The conference aims to bring together researchers working on ‘traditional’ and ‘popular’ tunes as transmitted and transformed in all manner of musical styles and genres, performance contexts, levels of society, historical periods, and geographical locations.

We have a fantastic line up of presentations, highlighting the chameleonic lives of traditional and popular tunes, as they are sung, played, arranged, transformed and written down, in different times, places and circumstances.

Topics include:

  • ‘JOY to great Caesar’: Origins and Influence of Popular Songs on Farinel’s Ground in late Seventeenth-Century England
  • Collecting Tunes in Eighteenth-Century England
  • ‘Known to all the vagrant train’: Ifor Ceri and Music in Georgian Wales
  • Analysing the Jigs in the James Goodman Collection
  • lliterate Lawbreaking Villains? Copying & Copyright in Nineteenth-Century Manuscripts
  • Textural Transformations of a Turkish Modernist: Saygun’s Ten Sketches on Aksak Rhythms, op.58 no.1
  • Influence of Traditional Structures in Creative Processes: Passive or Decisive?


All the presentations are pre-recorded. Conference bookers will be able to access them online from 1 October.