42nd National Táncház Festival & Fair • 14–16 April 2023
Starting page: 14
Vikár Béla – the Folklorist – Part 2. Excerpts from the photo and document exhibition held at the Hungarian Heritage House in Budapest from October 2009 until January 2010. Curators: Pávai István and Sebő Ferenc/Sponsors: Hungarian Heritage House and Hungarian Museum of Ethnography. Part Two gives us Vikár’s description of trying to get funding from offi cials during the 1890s for the project of collecting folk music and then how that changed with the invention of the phonograph. Then comes commentary on suspicion of the machine in the villages and other problems of collecting songs in the 1890’s, for example: “...We brought shame to the village by having the elderly women sing for us. There was a law there that said women over the age of 60 may sing only in church...”