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New recording. Eszembe jutottál [You came to mind]. Etnofon Records, Fonó. 2010 ER-CD 103. Born in 1943, Cseh Tamás was a wildly popular Hungarian song writer/singer, who began his music career in the 1970s. He died in 2009. Everyone misses his voice and his music. This record is a tribute to some of his most well-loved songs – performed by a variety of the best bands in Hungary today. The final cut is a recording of Cseh himself. Announcement by Marton László Távolodó.


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Vót, hol nem vót [Once upon a time] – Moldavian Csángó folk tales. Compiled by Zakariás Erzsébet. Koinónia. Kolozsvár, Romania 2009. A collection of 111 folk tales from 12 Moldavian villages and 42 different story tellers; selected from the archive of the Romanian Folklore Institute in Kolozsvár/Cluj-Napoca. The tales were collected between 1951 and 1958 and „bring us a vanished, unique world”. Includes interesting description of some of the differences between today’s Hungarian language and the archaic Hungarian in the tales. Review by Dala Sára.

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Book review. Nesztor Iván: Túl a vizen. Editio Musica Kiadó. Budapest, 2009. Nesztor Iván is an ethnomusicologist, folk music collector and author of numerous publications. The new publication (book and CD) on Hungarian folk flute music is criticised here as presenting this genre in a false, unauthentic way. The music on the CD is referred to as „affected operatic folk song”. The reviewer prefers the work of Juhász Zoltán and Balogh Sándor as presenting Hungarian folk flute genre in a more authentic way. By Dóra Áron.

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Review: „Water, Wine, Blood” – Nyírség Folk Dance Ensemble. On March 15th, 2010, this dance group performed a new choreography by Kácsor István. This excellent ensemble is well-known all over Hungary. Here the dancers were applauded for their eff ortless dancing – „as if dancing was a natural expression; a form of existence for them”. The full length piece is about man’s life and the women who help him through it – in folk dance. The piece is described as „experimental” with some aspects that were not particularly understandable. Review by B.Koltai Gabriella.

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MAGTÁR – literary column. A short story by Széki Soós János about a personality from his native village of Szék (Sic) in Transylvania. It is a sad story of a boy, Báró Pista (Pista Baron), who didn’t know who his father was – though according to village gossip his mother may have gotten pregnant while serving as hired help in the household of a local noble family. When the poverty stricken, hapless Pista unsuccessfully attempts to take on the job of shepherd, we also get inklings of traditions related to this ancient profession.

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The life story of Mrs. Lőrincz Aladár – Molnár Vilma. Vilma was born in 1929 in the village of Istensegíts in Bukovina where she finished six years of primary school – four years in Hungarian and two in Romanian. She spoke only German from age 2-6. Vilma and her family left Bukovina and moved to Hungary in 1941. After living in several places, they were finally able to settle in Tolna County. She grew up surrounded by and doing the traditional Bukovinan embroidery and weaving and has earned countless awards and recognition for her fine traditional handwork. As told to Kóka Rozália.

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A paper on 17th century tiled recieving rooms in royal residences in Transylvania and Northern Hungary. This study discusses possible Turkish inspiration for these rooms that had walls tiled with ornate colorful ceramic tiles. Based on remnants of tiles found at the royal estates in Gyulafehérvár (Alba Iulia, Romania) and Sárospatak and Regéc, the author tries to trace the origin of the tiles and their patterns. One such tiled room has been reconstructed in Sárospatak. By Pattantyús Orsolya.

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For years Henics Tamás has been everywhere between Vienna and Transylvania making friends with and eventually photographing every musician he can find in the dance house movement. One of his favorite themes became the musician dynasties – both the traditional Gypsy musician dynasties (Kodoba, Netti, etc.) and the new musician family dynasties forming in the dance house movement (Porteleki, Éri, Juhász, Csoóri, etc.). Tamás’ photographs of musicians and their sons were on exhibit at the National Dance House Festival in late March 2010, when his book of the same photographs was released. Writer Széki Soós János opened the exhibition.

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Duna TV’s Etnoklub. This article comments on the younger generation of folk musicians in Budapest’s dance house movement and the new program on this music on the Hungarian satellite TV station Duna TV. Young bands mentioned are Rekontra and Buda Folk Band compared with the older generation (Sebő, Halmos, Muzsikás) and a middle generation (Csiga, Árendás, Szalonna). Venues mentioned by name are Bír-lak (Budapest 7th district) and the Gödör (at Deák tér, Budapest). The host of the TV show, Katona Erika, is criticised, as are the young musicians – for being a bit too young, too full of themselves and too raw. By Grecsó Krisztián. First published in Élet és Irodalom, LIV./17. 2010 April 30.

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The Moldavian Csángós are a Hungarian ethnic group that live in villages around the city of Bákó/Bacău in eastern Romania. Their dance and music is wellknown in Budapest’s dance house movement. These Moldavian Csángó villages were literally closed to outsiders during the Ceauşescu regime. Though these people have been the subject of ongoing attempts to assimilate them into the Romanian culture, amazingly some of them still speak an archaic form of Hungarian and follow the Roman Catholic faith. For 10 years now there has been a concerted eff ort to teach Hungarian to children in these villages. Hegyeli Attila (who studied Hungarian and Ethnography at the University in Kolozsvár/Cluj-Napoca, Romania) is a person who has been instrumental in organizing this program and getting other teachers to go there to teach. By Halász Csilla. First published in Heti Válasz, Budapest, May 6, 2010.

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