Haydn - 3 Scots songs
a perfect example of how good musicians and singers can absolutely destroy a song or tune. David
By way of a slightly oblique response to Davy's Russian Haydn murder (*no trad element/associations whatever*), here's some very very tasty period instrument Bach
- if this lady ('s voice/vocal technique) was substituted into Davy's clip, even the modern instruments and playing approach would seem rather more OK.
Or this singer
....... By reverse token, imagine transplanting the Russian lady (foghorn) into either of these Bach clips..... utterly inappropriate. She should stick to post Schubert material (or post Wagner!) or adjust her technique/aesthetic approach.
(Both the clips I posted above have gorgeous obbligato flute parts, BTW.
Here are some rather better takes on some of Haydn's Brit folk material arrangements (flute-free
There are more..... not just from this singer - I found quite a lot of nicely done examples. It's not trad at all - but it isn't meant to be, and I think it is absolutely valid for classical composers to utilise and adapt trad material - heck, if they didn't there's an awful lot of awesome classical music we wouldn't have! (Think Dvorak, Britten, Chopin, Janacek, Kodaly, for just a few of the more obvious ones.....) and of course, the whole Romantic era (especially) saw a great deal of use of folk material and pseudo-folk composition (much of which certainly cross-fertilised with the actual traditions) just as it also saw the flowering of the collection and publication of the actual trad material.