42nd National Táncház Festival & Fair • 14–16 April 2023
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Starting page: 27
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Our Bagpipe. Kozák József rants about how neighboring ethnic groups and other Europeans have appropriated the Hungarian bagpipe, now happily call the same bagpipe their own."It seems that unlawful appropriation of valuables doesn’t pose a moral problem. They take what they see....” Kozák suggests that travellers bought their goat headed, contra-piped bagpipes from Hungarians, then took them home and conveniently forgot who they had gotten them from. „The possibilities of our bagpipe’s sound and playing technique far surpass the capabilities of the European traditional types. The chromatic, melody pipe’s octave range, the rhythmic pulse of the contra pipe filled out by the two-octave-lower drone pipe, approaches musical perfection. The instrument in and of itself encompasses a unity of melody, harmony, and rhythm."