Folk music

Folk music is officially designated traditional music from different regional cultures. Johann Gottfried Herder festured the term in 1773. The boundaries between Schlager, folk music and pop music swimming in the official designation.

The development of folk music

Originally, folk music was created in small towns and communities, which celebrated the village life by ritual celebrations. The oral tradition of traditions, stories and customs soon made authors and composers known. People’s singer occurred in inns, singing halls and entertainment parses and were sole entertainer.

Nowadays, folk music is represented in Bavaria, Austria and Switzerland. In northern Germany is folk music by LowGutsch.

Characteristic features

Handmade folklore and yodels are probably associated with folk music in the Austrian room. Looking at folk music related to dances, belong to the waltz, Polka, March, Mazurkas, Scottish dances, Menuette and also the ‘Schnaderpföffeln’ and ‘Gstanzln’.

Volksmusik International

Folk music is classified in individual regions and countries. So the Alpine folk music, the Arabic music, and the Breton music. Blues is the folk music of the African American, Cante Alentejano and Fado are celebrated in Portugal. Spain is known to dance the flamenco, Israel the Klezmer, Greece the Rembetiko and in England, Scotland, Ireland, North America and Scandinavia is folk musical.

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