41st National Táncház Festival & Fair • 1–3 April 2022
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Starting page: 37
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Part IV: Ethnomusicologist Sipos János – Folk Music Research. A comparison of folk songs from two ends of the Kazakh steppe. Today western ethnomusicology deals mainly with questions and methods taken from social anthropology. Analytical and comparative folk music research, often thought of as old-fashioned, may find new strength, as for example the Hungarians work on comparing Hungarian folk music with that of its various neighbors. Here almost parenthetically Sipos János tells us first about a recent experience doing field research amongst the Huichol Indians of Mexico. He attended an Easter celebration where all filming, photography and sound recording was prohibited. Sipos then goes on to give a technical overview of melodic structure – comparing the traditional music of the western Kazakh region on the Caspian sea with the melodies of the Mongolian Kazakh people.