Songs are a genre that is as old as the hills, perhaps even older, because, as some claim, the act of creation – no matter how it happened – was accompanied by the Word and Harmony. We were not there yet, so we know little about it, but, indeed, songs seem to be a genre that was already there when we arrived. And songs are still very much alive, although they assume various forms, as the fundamental genre of musical – and not just musical – expression, as the first and the most important way to express one’s feelings. And as a witness to history, a chronicle or testimony to attitudes. It is impossible to enumerate their types and functions, which have long been mixed. There are all kinds of songs. There are folk songs and art songs, popular and national songs, choral and solo songs, funeral and wedding songs, religious and secular songs, dance and lyric songs, revolutionary and children’s songs, drinking, frivolous, war and love songs. There is no and there has never been a culture without songs. Songs have always been there – and are everywhere.
That is why we are beginning with songs.