Adapting and arranging Medieval and Traditional Ballads

Working with medieval and traditional ballads and their melodies poses particular challenges. The melodies have often been transmitted in oral tradition, which means they have been influenced by many musical styles fashions and fancies. What we have today are notations, often from the 19th and earlier part of the 20th century of both lyrics and music, with roots back to medieval times. This is a challenge I relly like. I usually start just with the notation and play the tune on my flute to try to get a feel for it. There is often a choice of many variants and the selection process can be daunting. However I usually fall for a few variants that speak to me. What I like is that I often can hea

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