Basque Music & Song
of Basque music continues to grow, and now more than ever its becoming
easier to access via the internet. This webpage provides an
overview of the various facets with links.
culture is without a doubt one of the best ways to reflect upon the
differences and similarities among groups of people, and music is certainly one of the
most significant elements within a folk culture.
Many people think of folk music as
inflexible with time, fossilized, a type of music not open to new forms
and ideas; they see folk music as being played and sung, but not
created. This includes some folklorists who simply interpret music,
championing the authenticity and purity of what they consider the "true
version." Otherw meanwhile approach it as something that was created piecework (tune-by-tune) at a specific time in history, and is
indeed altered over time. For this latter approach culture is
something directly transmitted from generation to generation by
way of a specific group or even passed down through the family. Each
generation, to a greater or lesser degree, contributes to its makeup,
and each individual uses it as he or she sees fit. Folksongs are the result of years and years of individual and group
effort, each one with its own special aesthetics and uniqueness.