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| style="color:#000;padding:2px 5px" | <div><font face="Century Gothic" size="2">Although we are not trained musicologists and make no pretense to the profession, we have tried to apply such professional rigors to this Semantic Abc Web as we have internalized through our own formal and informal education.</font>
<font face="Century Gothic" size="2">This demands the gathering of as much information as possible about folk pieces to attempt to trace tune families, determine origins, influences and patterns of aural/oral transmittal, and to study individual and regional styles of performance. </font>
<font face="Century Gothic" size="2">Many musicians, like ourselves, are simply curious about titles, origins, sources and anecdotes regarding the music they play. Who, for example, can resist the urge to know where the title ''Blowzabella'' came from or what it means, or speculating on the motivations for naming a perfectly respectable tune ''Bloody Oul' Hag, is it Tay Ye Want''? </font>
<font face="Century Gothic" size="2">Knowing the history of the melody we play, or at least to have a sense of its historical and social context, makes the tune 'present' in the here and now, and enhances our rendering of it.</font>

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Bathsheba Grossman
Universal Clef