English Table of Contents 2010/6
Transylvania’s Barozda Ensemble founding member Pávai István recalls the mid-1970s in Transylvania when Barozda was formed in the town of Csíkszereda (Miercurea Ciuc) by young Transylvanian musicians and music students. They played Transylvanian village music and held some of the first dance houses of the Transylvanian village music and dance revival movement. In the meantime the band also played 17th century music. For a time they had support from Romanian TV and radio. By the 1980s however the band members were beginning to be harassed by the Romanian authorities because of their concerts of that included religious music and contacts with Hungary and Radio Free Europe. As a consequence most of the band members left Transylvania and went to live in Sweden. Now more than 35 years later the band gets together from time to time to play concerts in Transylvania; the most recent of which were two concerts during a music festival held in Csíkszereda earlier this year. As told to K. Tóth László.
Új Pátria Record Series + four new books on folk music. Hungarian Heritage House announces the release of 50 new CDs of original village music collected during the Final Hour Project. Official press conference is to be held at 11 a.m. on December 6th, 2010 at the Hungarian Heritage House in Budapest. Publication of the 50 new CDs and four books on folk music has been made possible with support from EU and Norwegian Grants programs, Hungarian Heritage House, the Fonó Music Hall and the Hungarian Ministry of Culture.
Concert: Pannon Dalok (Pannonian Songs) – Rost Andrea. Rost Andrea is a Hungarian opera singer of international reknown; however at a concert on October 17th held at the Dohány utca synagogue in Budapest she sang a program of folk songs. Well-known folk musicians Szokolay Dongó Balázs and Bolya Mátyás along with Jávori Ferenc (of the Budapest Klezmer Band) and folk singer Bognár Szilvia joined Ms. Rost for a program of Hungarian, Gypsy, Romanian and Jewish songs of this region. Public previews of this concert were held in the spring of 2010 in the towns of Pécs and Kecskemét. Review by musicologist Németh G. István.
Transylvania’s Hargita Székely Folk Dance Ensemble, from the town of Csíkszereda (Miercurea Ciuc) in Romania, celebrates its 20th anniversary with a series of performances on Dec.16th, 17th, 18th in Csíkszereda and release of a publication on the ensemble. Printed here are interviews and commentary by founding director Szalay Zoltán and the current ensemble director András Mihály. By Mihály Réka.
Kóka Rozália’s children’s column: two Christmas stories. One about Saint Nicholas (who arrives in Hungary on December 6th) and the other about the joy of decorating the Christmas tree during hard times right after the war.
Kóka Rozália’s series: Stories of Hungarian Women. Part one of the life story of Sister Csillag Etelka (born 1930) who grew up on a farm near Szeged in southeastern Hungary. Etelka decided as a teenager that she wanted to devote her life to God. Her family consented and she was accepted into a group of Catholic nuns. When she was still a novice the political situation (after 2nd World War) had become so unfavorable for religious organizations that she could only continue very discretely or in secret, and for several years had to work as a servant and nanny for countryside families. By the end of 1956 Sister Etelka ended up in the village of Mucsfa in Hungary’s Tolna County working with Bukovina Székely immigrants...
Erdélyi Tibor – Folk Artist. Upon release of a book on his folk sculptures, photographs of this folk artist’s work are printed in this issue of folkMAGazin. Erdélyi Tibor was born in 1932 in the town of Csenger in northeastern Hungary. He grew up amidst the rural traditional culture of the region. In 1948 he went to Budapest, got his secondary school diploma and finished an apprenticeship in carpentry and restoration at the Hungarian Museum of Crafts and Industrial Arts. In 1952 he was chosen by Rábai Miklós to join the first corps of dancers in the Hungarian State Folk Dance Ensemble and soon became a soloist. Since then he has amassed a list of state and national awards and recognition for his dancing, choreography, the folk ensembles he has directed and for his folk sculpture and wood carving. He is still active today.
Happy 80th Birthday Timár Sándor! On October 4th there was a gala performance at Budapest’s Palace of the Arts celebrating Timár’s work and birthday. His teaching methods, choreographies, collection work and the dance ensembles he has directed – have all been central to the last 40 years of Hungarian folk dance. So far, his dancing career has lasted over 60 years. His enthusiasm for Hungarian folk dance and teaching has inspired many, many dancers in Hungary and abroad. Speech by Timár Mihály.
Vikár Béla the Folklorist – Part 6. Excerpts from an exhibition of photographs and documents – curated by Pávai István. In the 1890s Vikár (1859-1945) was commissioned by the [Hungarian] Ethnographic Society and Museum of Ethnography to do collection work. He collected folk songs and ballads from the point of view of a folklorist who had had music training. Writings printed here comment on collecting in Transylvania’s Maros (Mureş) River region, Hungary’s Békés County and the Zobor Region (today in Slovakia).
Conversation with Lelkes András, co-owner of FolkEuropa Kft., as this Hungarian record label celebrates 10 years in business. András and co-owner Liber Endre are both folk musicians (members the Tükrös Band). Over the last 10 years FolkEuropa has released more than 50 CDs presenting Hungarian dance house music, original archival or field recordings of traditional music, and Hungarian world music based on traditional music. As musicians and now with 10 years of experience producing CDs, they know the local market and what musicians want and need when they put out a record. Interview by K. Tóth László.
New column: Writings From the Past. The making of a city folk song – nóta. A discussion and thoughts on what happens to a folk song from the countryside on its way to becoming a city folk song: how and why the text and tune may change. By Tömörkény István from Pesti Hírlap. July 24, 1902.