English Table of Contents 2007/5
Honoring Felföldi László’s work and career in celebration of his 60th birthday. László has been director of the Dance Department in the Institute of Musicology of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences since 1989. He has been assistant director of the Institute of Musicologysince 2002. Presently he is also president of the Ethnochoreology Study Group of the International Council on Traditional Music (ICTM). He has lately been involved in forming the Hungarian Ethnochoreology Group. Th e publications and papers written and/or edited by him is too long to list in this summary. He has recieved national awards in recognition of his work. By Varga Sándor of the Department of Ethnography and Cultural Anthropology at the Szeged University.
Results of the [prímás] fi ddlers competition held at the folk music festival in Kecskemét on September 21st, 2007. Four out of nine contestants were given awards. First prize of a violin worth HUF 800,000.went to Hegedűs Máté of Kecskemét. Report by Mohácsy Albert
„As long as I can dance, I’ll live” - a gala dance performance and party will be held in Rimóc on December 22, 2007 - in memory of Vincze Ferenc – traditional dancer from the village of Rimóc (in Northen Hungary) and in celebration of the 100th anniversary of his birth and 5th anniversary of his death. See article in Hungarian for contact information. By Paluch Norbert
International Folk Dance Festival – Mezőkövesd, Hungary In 2007 the festival was held during the first week of August with several dance groups from Hungary and several from abroad performing. Th e report off ers a bit of history of the festival, changes in organization over the last fi ve years and cooperation with other summer international festivals in Hungary. By Mrs. Berecz László Zsuzsa
Bartók Béla – the folk music researcher. From the exhibition of photos and documents that was in the foyer on the 1st fl oor at the Hungarian Heritage House at Corvin tér in Budapest. Excerpts of Bartók’s writings on the diff erence between Gypsy music and Hungarian music, what is the ’folksy composed tune’, and defi nitions of folk music/ traditional music (from 1911, 1920, 1931-34). Also some great excerpts from letters written from the countryside on diffi culties encountered while doing field work, 1906-1914. Exhibition curated by Pávai István and Vikárius László.
Lauer Kiss Edit – tells about some of her activities supporting Hungarians and Hungarian culture. She lived in the United States but was actively involved in the work of, and fund raising for the Hungarian Human Rights Foundation (HHRF), the American Hungarian Coalition (and their role in the process of expanding NATO in the early 1990’s), the „ ITT-OTT” camps in Ohio, supporting Hungarian literature in Hungarian communities in Slovakia, supporting the education of Hungarian children in Transylvania through a godchild program. Conversation with Kóka Rozália.
Since 2005, the Muzsikás Ensemble has been travelling all over Hungary doing special concerts for children in schools. During this time they have visited over 130 schools. Th is program is sponsored partially by MOL Rt. – the Hungarian Oil Company. Printed here is a high school student’s reaction to one of these concerts – found on a blog on the internet – and makes it absolutely clear that they have achieved their goal in at least one young person. Report by Henics Tamás
ExperiDance performance in Szekszárd, Hungary – September 15th, 2007. ExperiDance is a professional dance troupe based in Budapest and directed by Román Sándor. Th e group performed their program entitled „1001 Years – a Hungarian History Show”. This controversial group does high level dance-show style work based also in traditional dance and described here as „crowd-pleasing Hungarian folk McDonalds”. Report by Szabadi Mihály Jr.
A comparison of Hungarian traditional music with traditional music of Southwestern Khazakhstan. The goal of this kind of research is in attempt to determine whether or not the Hungarians have some kind of relation to these peoples - from the period before the Hungarians arrived to the Carpathian Basin. Here is a technical discussion of mourning songs, songs for brides leaving their families upon marriage, love songs. By ethnomusicologist Sipos János
Folk Music Arrangements – Part 4 This is a discussion of Hungarian dance theatre – thematic folk dance productions based on folklore, traditional dance and music. „For the composer these dance theatre works are an exciting task. This kind of work is collaborative and much depends on the composer’s relationship with the choreographer, the habits of those involved in the creative work, their preparedness, level of culture, work methods, the capacity of the troupe, budget and available resources.” There is also some discussion of the government’s role in dictating style and content of works in times before 1990. Please see the article in Hungarian for listing of the choreographers, directors and musicians who have created these kinds of productions over the last three or four decades, here in Budapest. Th ere is criticism of the newer type of production categorized as ’stage dance show’. By Kiss Ferenc. Includes list of recommended literature.