English Table of Contents 2010/5
New recording: Lili dalai (Lili’s tunes). Mohácsy Albert and friends (the “Magyar Vista Social Club”), FECD 050 – FolkEurópa Kft. Budapest. 2010. Distributed by Hangvető. A blend of original verse, folk songs, folk music and other contemporary music styles. “One you’ll find yourself listening to over and over again”. Review and recommendation by Sándor Ildikó.
New Publication: Hála, József – G. Szabó, Zoltán: Dudásoknak, kanászoknak közzibül, közzibül... Timp Kiadó, Budapest. To be released in 2010. Written in celebration of the 100th anniversary of a swineherder’s music contest in Ipolyság (Šahy) in Slovakia where Bartók Béla made phonograph recordings of the bagpipers. A book on bagpipes and bagpipers of the Carpathian Basin with special emphasis on the bagpipe of the Palóc region.
New Publication: [Tradition and Modernism in Folk Dance Research. In Memory of Pesovár Ernő] Editors: Felföldi, László; Müller, Anita. Hungarian Institute of Musicology (Hungarian Academy of Sciences) 2010. Budapest. ISBN: 9789638845146. This is a collection of writings on contemporary Hungarian dance research, 20 of which were papers presented at a conference in 2006 in Pápa, Hungary celebrating the late Pesovár Ernő’s 80th birthday. Report by Felföldi László.
New series in folkMAGazin: Thoughts and writings from the past. Bartók Béla on folksongs and nationalism: Bartók discusses influences of neighboring ethnic groups on folk music, folk music research and nationalism. Though these words were published more than 70 years ago, the thoughts are completely applicable today. Also printed here is an announcement for the release of the first records of the original Pátria series. The record series made original recordings of folk songs sung by traditional Hungarian singers – available to the wider public. By Polgár Tibor. Both were first published in a Hungarian journal called Tükör [Mirror]. V.3. 1937.
New Publication: Az ugrós táncok zenéje [Music of Ugrós Dances]. Paksa, Katalin. L’Harmattan Kiadó. Budapest, 2010. Includes CD. The first of a 3 book series on the ugrós (a.k.a. jumping or leaping) dance type and its music. The publication includes English translation of the preface. Announcement by Felföldi László.
Kóka Rozália’s children’s series. Two folk tales: One about a blacksmith and the devil; the other is a story about a jar of honey high up on a shelf that the children were not supposed to touch...
Kóka Rozália’s series on women’s life stories – Painter H. Molnár Magda (b. 1935) tells her story. This is another story of amazing human stamina and spirit – living through 2nd World War, poverty, hunger and illness, but coming out on the other end with one driving desire: to paint. When Magda was finally able to paint (just before retirement) – she was quickly discovered and has since exhibited internationally.
Living Folk Art – 15th National Exhibition of Contemporary Hungarian Folk Art, Museum of Ethnography, Budapest. October 29, 2010 – March 27, 2011. This collection of the best contemporary traditional Hungarian folk arts and crafts has been carefully juried by a panel of 28 expert ethnographers and folk artists: 1700 works by 450 folk artists. The exhibition was organized and sponsored by the Hungarian Heritage House and the Museum of Ethnography. Announcement by Beszprémy Katalin and Csupor István.
Part two: On the culture and customs of India’s Rajasthani musicians. Ábrahám Judit’s photos and impressions of her trip to India in 2009–2010.
Report on the 4th Tárogató World Congress. Held every five years, the event was held in 2010 from June 30 – July 4 in the town of Vaja in northeastern Hungary. 160 tárogató players, mainly from Hungary and Transylvania, arrived for the event. About 20 of the participants were foreigners (from USA and other parts of Europe). After the congress, some of the musicians participated in a one week concert tour in Hungary. Hungarian national and regional tárogató congresses are held every year. Musical genres mentioned were folk music, “national romantic music” and contemporary classical music. By Barvich Iván. See also www.tarogatocenter.hu.
The situation in Mezőség (a.k.a. Transylvanian Plain; in Romanian Câmpia Transilvaniei). Poet and writer Széki Soós János (born and raised in Szék) paints a picture of the dwindling Hungarian population in the villages in Mezőség in general and the dissipation of folk tradition – also providing some poignant historical and political background. He describes summer folk dance and music camps held in Szépkenyerűszentmárton (Sânmărtin), Buza and Szék (Sic) and the communities in each of these villages.
Traditional clarinetist Csillag József “Pala” is from the village of Kürt (Strekov) in southern Slovakia (a bit northeast Komárom). He was born in 1944 in Kürt into a Gypsy musician family. This study has information on his family and on the various bands he played in over the years. He has played traditional music all over the region and worked playing music in Vienna and also in eastern Germany for a longer period around 1990. He holds a professional musician’s certificate and is still active. By Terék József.
Excerpts from a study of a traditional man dancer from Hungary’s Sárköz region. Here six informants from the region (all born between 1927 and 1938) comment on the dancing of traditional dancer Fülöp Ferenc of Decs (1885–1962) – a recipient of the national title of “Master Folk Dancer”. The study was done in relation to a dilpoma project by Taba Csaba.