English Table of Contents 2005/6
’Bethleheming’ – the Hungarian tradition of going from house to house at Christmas time celebrating the birth of Christ in a pagent play. This is a personal account of how this tradition is practiced still in the Hungarian community in Cleveland, Ohio, USA – a tradition which has died out in many (or most!??!) places in today’s Hungary. The story poignantly communicates the meaning of this tradition and the Hungarian Christmas spirit. By Szentkirályi Endre (Cleveland, Ohio, USA)
Csángó Christmas celebration – December 17th , 2005 To be held in Budapest at Almássy Square Recreational Center. The event will highlight Moldavian Csángó Christmas customs. In addition to performances by all the revival Hungarian Moldavian bands, there will be guests from Hungarian villages in Moldavia, dancing, photo exhibit, round table discussion with leading ethnographers and collectors of Moldavian tradition. By Bolya Mátyás
On November 19th, 2005, the Sültü Dance House at the FMH in Budapest hosted guest traditional musicians Tímár Viktor and Tímár János from Hidegség in the Gyimes region of Transylvania. Report by Benkő András
The 10th Vajdaság Dance House Festival and Market was held on October 1st, 2005 in Újvidék (Novi Sad) in the Voivodina region of Northern Serbia. The event was organized by the Vajdaság Hungarian Folklore Center and the Csűrdögölő Dance Ensemble. This year’s festival, gala performance and party afterwards were more successful than last year, bringing many people and groups together from Hungarian communities in the region. Report by Raj Rozália
Report on the First Cymbalom Camp in August of 2005 in Abaújszántó in Northeastern Hungary. The camp was held from August 19-21 and offered instruction for beginning and advanced folk cymbalom and beginning and advanced classical cymbalom. The camp was attended by 28 people from Hungary, Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Greece. The camp culminated with the 4th Cymbalom Festival held in the same town. The organizers hope to be able to organize a longer camp in 2006. By Unger Balázs
The Óbuda Folk Music School celebrates 15th anniversary with release of two records. This music school located in Budapest’s third district is dedicated to educating children in traditional Hungarian music; currently there are 250 students. The recordings are selections played by present students. Announcement by Bolya Mátyás
Dr. Németh Kálman was priest of the Roman Catholic church in Józseffalva, Bukovina from 1932 until 1940. He was a key force in helping the people of the five Hungarian Székely villages of Bukovina to escape bad conditions getting worse as a result of the Second World War. The Szekely Hungarians were able to leave Bukovina to resettle in Hungary in 1941. As a result of the chaos of the war, dr. Németh had to leave Hungary in 1947. He spent the rest of his life in Western Pennsylvania where he died in 1966. On September 24, 2005 his remains were brought back to Hungary and placed in the cemetery in Bátaszek. Article by Kóka Rozália
Four poems by Transylvanian poet Kenéz Ferenc, with introduction by Széki Soós János
A summary of the Kalotaszeg region of Transylvania and its three sub-regions known as ’Felszeg’, ’Alszeg’ and ’Nádas-mente’. The article discusses some history, mentions various geographical attributes, villages, religion, traditions, general observations on costume, decoration, dance etc. of each area. By Eplényi Anna
The hit cello. The instrument of the Gyimes women Basically this instrument looks like a cello hewn from a log with a chainsaw. It has three thick gut strings which are hit with a thick wooden stick and one not-as-thick string which is plucked with the other hand. In most cases the wives of the Gyimes traditional fiddlers play the hit cello. The fiddler usually tunes the hit cello for his wife. The strings are tuned to D, one or two octaves lower than the violin. The traditional Gyimes band has two members: a fiddler and a hit cello player. Article by Endrődi Péter
The late Fodor Sándor Neti, the Kalotaszeg fiddler, performed for the last time at the Fonó in Budapest’s 11th district on March 18, 2004. The Fonó is releasing a recording of that evening. Announcement by Hollókői Lajos
The Kállai Kettős Folk Dance Festival was held in Nagykálló in Northeastern Hungary on October 7-9, 2005. This juried festival for amateur dance groups is held every two years, this year for the 22nd time. Twentyseven ensembles performed; the Jászság Ensemble took first prize. Kocsán László offers comments on making a distinction between thematic and authentic choreographies.
Conversation with singer Herczku Ágnes. Presently one of the most soughtafter singers in Budapest’s folk movement. She grew up in the town of Sátoraljaújhely, went to college in Miskolc, wanted to dance, so auditioned for the Honvéd Ensemble in Budapest. Dancing in the Honvéd, they soon discovered her talent for singing and then more and more opportunities to sing came along. Today she sings with the Fonó Band and the Hungarian State Ensemble, often working with many other bands as well – both traditional and related world music. She is also attends university in Budapest and participates in collection work when her schedule permits. Interview by Abkarovits Endre
Men’s dance competition. Since the 2005 legényes competition held in Budapest in April, folkMAGazin has printed several articles regarding the decision of the jury and opinions of some competitors. The discussion has resulted in some very interesting commentary on dance and healthy argument. In this issue the dance notation expert, Fügedi János, continues the discourse„...I’m not interested in dueling over the sociological role of dance and its unfathomable profoundnesses, ...(instead I’m interested) in a professional level objective exchange of opinion on folk dance forms, modes of execution, their value and preservation...."