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Songs

Traditional music spoilt by words. - anon

A song is words (lyrics) set to music and may be accompanied by instruments or not. A song sung by one person is a solo, by two, a duet and so on with trio, quartet etc. Many voices together constitutes a choir if different parts are sung (i.e. there are arrangements for differently pitched voices) otherwise it is a mass solo.

Songs can be categorised into Religious, Work, Love, Disaster, Fantasy, Comedy etc and different formats of song exist such as the Ballad, Call / Response, Round, and Chorus.

The popular conception of Folk Songs is slow unaccompanied songs which go on for 35 verses. Some do but a lot don't. Another misconception is that they are all old and largely anonymous. Many are, but folk is a living tradition and there are many contemporary folk song writers producing new material.