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Research Forum: Linda Barwick
Words within music in Australian Song
A well-made song satisfies on multiple levels. Making songs is rarely a matter of mechanics, of shoe-horning an existing text into a prefabricated tune. It is more often a negotiation between multiple constraining factors, many of them constraints or disciplines that we ourselves have chosen.
The social positioning of chosen styles and genres of music and poetry; choice of language; adoption and adaptation of poetic and musical conventions; extrinsic motivations to attract, reassure, intrigue or even shock: all can play a part in making a song. Through close attention to several examples (two from Australia, and one from Italy) this paper will reveal how song creators and performers negotiate sometimes competing textual and musical factors.