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One of the most frequently cited explanations of the influence of folk music on cultivated music is one known as the \"seeping up\" theory. The theory states that folk music is the root of cultivated music. Although a sweeping generalization, it perhaps comes closest to having validity when it is related to the art song of the 19th-century.
The author seeks to re-evaluate the similarities between British and American folksongs, past the already established knowledge of medieval modes. A brief overview of terms and folksong styles are recounted, and then points of contention within past interpretations are acknowledged.