English Table of Contents 2012/5
Once upon a time there was the TÉKA News – remembering back to when and why they started the so-called Téka News. Forerunner to folkMAGazin, the Téka Újság was Budapest’s dance house movement periodical in the 1980s - a time when each issue had to be approved by the state censors. By Beszprémy Kata.
Széll Jenő’s (1912–1994) memories of Hungary’s brilliant folk dance researcher Martin György (1932–1983). Széll, who had known Martin since 1951, describes Martin’s brilliant work in folk dance research, his affable and humble personality and the fact that Martin’s death was an incredible loss to international dance research. Appeared in Téka Újság 4. Budapest. 1985.
Practical considerations in preparing music for Hungarian folk dance choreographies. 1.) Be careful in choosing melodies – know the difference between the real folk tunes and folk-like composed tunes; 2.) Be careful to use full melodies. Melodies recorded from traditional musicians are sometimes just fragments of melodies....; 3.) For choreographies that include singing by the dancers, be careful to choose keys that are comfortable for the men singers and comfortable for the women singers. Be careful of key changes in the music for a choreography; 4.) Consider the decorative interludes traditionally used in the music; 5.) The tempo of the music and the dance is an important aspect... By Árendás Péter – folk music instructor – Liszt Academy of Music.
Szék Village Museum and dance house – Csipkeszeg 349. [Sic, Romania]. Dutch resident of Szék, Michel van Langeveld, took on the project of restoring an old house in this famous Transylvanian village. The restored house is a museum and dance house which opened in August 2012 with a permanent exhibition of Korniss Péter’s photographs of Szék. Choreographer Novák Ferenc opened the exhibition and museum on August 25th; his speech is printed here.
The BorFolk Band – Four wellknown and well-seasoned folk musicians from the revival movement have gathered into this formation to concentrate on authentic style folk tunes and songs on their favourite theme: wine. This summer Borfolk Band released a CD: Kell ilyen bor! [We need this kind of wine!]. Members of the band: Szűcs Sándor, Olasz György, Kovács Géza, Nagymarosy András. Conversation with Nagymarosy András by Grozdits Károly.
Announcement: new publication. Bolya Mátyás: Magyar citerás antológia II. [Hungarian Zither Anthology II.]. Available at www.dialekton.hu, and at A.Folk and Rózsavölgyi (stores) in Budapest. Bolya is both an active professional musician and an employee of the Folk Music Archive at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. The volume (and recording) is meant for use as a resource for musicians, music teachers and students. It is a collection of traditional zither tunes collected in three areas of Hungary between the years 1916 and 1995.
Lifestory of Mrs. Nyeste Zoltán (Bolyky Magda) – excerpts. Mrs. Nyeste’s husband, a Hungarian military officer who sympathized neither with the Nazis, nor the Communists, was one of those who was suddenly arrested by the Hungarian State Security Services (the „ÁVO”) in the dark period following WWII. This is an account of what it cost a wife to find her husband at all, and then to be able to see him. As told to Kóka Rozália – part of her series on the lives of Hungarian women.
The ETNOFOLK Project has been established to develop a website that will make information on folk traditions of Central Europe available to the public. The project combines eff orts of: Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Austria and Hungary; and five scientific institutions: Czech Academy of Sciences, Mátyás Bél University, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, with AiP Beroun s.r.o. The project began work in May 2011 and will finish in spring 2014. The severallanguage website is to be launched in spring 2014.
Hungarian cultural anthropologist Vargyas Gábor turns sixty. Honoring this revered professor and researcher (main area of research: Southeast Asia), a volume of writings by his colleagues and students has been published (L’Harmattan, Budapest. 2012). Printed here is the volume’s introduction, summarizing Vargyas Gábor’s impact on this discipline in Hungary. He quotes Vargyas on the fate of an anthropologist: „...As he gets to know, understand and love another culture, he changes and realizes the relativity of values”. By Dr. Nagy Zoltán associate professor – Department of Ethnography and Cultural Anthrology, University of Pécs.
Book review: Erdélyi magyar népművészek [Transylvanian Hungarian Folk Artists]. Ed: Szatmári Ferenc. Association of Romanian Hungarian Folk Artists. Csíkszereda [Miercurea Ciuc, Romania]. 2012. Available at the Hungarian Heritage House in Budapest. This is a beautiful presentation of 103 active Transylvanian folk artists and their work. Review by Halász Péter.
Stories of Szék – Kocsis Rózsi (born Szék/Sic, Romania 1932 – died 1999), published by Juhos Kiss Sándor, Juhos-Kiss János. Rózsi remembers back to her childhood and practicing dancing in a barn with her friends.