|1.||Compare art music music that is passed on from generation to generation by oral tradition|
|2.||any music composed in the idiom of this oral tradition|
A kind of music originating from the ordinary people of a region or nation and continued by oral tradition. The ballad is a typical form of folk music. Music is also called “folk” when it is made by artists and composers who are inspired by, or imitate, true folk music. Composers such as Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie are folk musicians of the second kind.