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Andy Hirt

Current studies focus on narrative singing of Indo-European secular songs dating from the early Middle Ages. Review of Gaelic songs maintained through an oral tradition in free dissertation is here: https://ourarchive.otago.ac.nz/handle/10523/7406.

Believe that European folk songs are not pentatonic but are based on the natural scale (see above link; Chapter 3). The world's musics appear to be pentatonic but are not. While B5, F5, and D5 might be present, B4, F4, and D4 are not (on stressed beats).

Additionally, found examples of tunes from folk/court music with perfectly in-tune triads in banal children's songs sung in the round. We have known that triadic harmony came from folk music and layered on the diatonic scale (triads are not in tune) for quite some time, but we never had examples before.

Professional opera singer (trained at Tri-Cities Opera with Carmen Savoca and Peyton Hibbitt; fach: High French Baritone). High-grade trumpet player. Extensive choral experience (professional). Linguist. Sings in Irish and Scottish Gaelic, Latin, Italian, German, French, occasionally Russian. Teaches writing in both the arts and sciences. Editor and publisher (for examples see: https://otago.academia.edu/AindriasHirt).

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