The Occurrence of the Broadside Ballad Ó, radost má [Oh, My Joy] Among Folk Songs

Pages 6–18
DOI 10.1515/amnpsc-2017-0002
Keywords broadside ballad – folk songs – folk song repertoire – tunes of folk, semi-folk and folkish songs – tunes of artificial and folk songs – text incipits of songs – tune reference – lifetime of a broadside ballad – Ó, radost má [Oh, My Joy]
Type of Article Peer-reviewed
Acta Musei Nationalis Pragae – Historia litterarum | 2017/62/1-2

The broadside ballad Ó, radost má [Oh, My Joy] was, as far as known, first printed in Kutná Hora in 1808. Later, it began to be sung to an unprecedented number of different tunes, inspired by folk and semi-folk songs, broadside ballads, church and artificial songs. Sometimes, the tune even literally quoted the folk melody. Variants of the song continued to appear in all Czech regions throughout the 20th century. In the Chodsko region, the song has become popular and has been sung as a folk song to this day.

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