English Table of Contents 2015/6
Szada is a village northeast of Budapest in Pest County, Hungary. This is the story behind the Szada museum of local tradition. It includes information on local history, tradition, culture, participation in the Pearly Bouquet movement, photographers of the past who documented the inhabitants, exhibitions and publications of the old photographs. Examples of the old photographs are included in this issue of folkMAGazin. Interview with director of the museum Mrs Novák László by Grozdits Károly.
Legedi László István – Traditional Moldavian Csángó Flute player – 2015 Master of Folk Arts. Legedi László István was born in the village of Klézse/Cleja in Romanian Moldavia. He learned to play the wooden shepherds flutes of the region from his father Legedi László András. Since 1990 he has been regularly invited to play in Hungary for dance house events and recordings. He is a fantastic flute player that holds a wealth of traditional knowledge, well deserving of the Master of Folk Arts title. By Balogh Sándor.
The life story of Bereczky Ildikó Hungarian Calvinist pastor of Harkány in Southern Hungary and the old Hungarian tradition of Christmas Bethlehem passion plays are subjects for the next portrait in the series on personalities dedicated to preservation of Hungarian folk arts and culture. By Kóka Rozália.
Kobzos Kiss Tamás – May 30, 1950 (Debrecen) – Nov. 8, 2015 (Budapest) The well-known, late Kobzos Kiss Tamás was a singer, instrumentalist and music teacher; his signature instrument was the coboz, or Moldavian lute. He was long-time director of the Óbuda Folk Music School in Budapest. Throughout his career he played with a long list of folk and old music ensembles and received numerous awards in recognition of his artistry and work: amongst them – the Kossuth and Liszt Ferenc awards. Farewell by Szabó Zoltán.
Letters from Bársony Mihály to Sebő Ferenc from between 1970 and 1988 before Bársony’s death. Bársony Mihály (Tiszaalpár, Hungary 1915–1989) – traditional hurdygurdy player, instrument maker and handy man extraordinaire of Hungary’s southern plains region; he was called a ‘peasant genius’. He also played clarinet and zither, was recognized with the title of Hungarian Master of Folk Arts, and was one of Sebő Ferenc’s important informants.
Meeting of traditional Moldavian Csángó ballad singers – Klézse/Cleja, Romania, October 24, 2015. Singers arriving from more than 30 Moldavian Csángó communities were from pre-school age to elderly traditional singers. The event was supported by 4 different organizations. This writing also draws attention to the ongoing, though seemly losing struggle to maintain the Csángó Hungarian language, traditions and culture in this area, where there is and has been a great deal of pressure to assimilate into the otherwise Romanian society in the area. By Péterbencze Anikó.
New recording: Téka Együttes – Ritka Magyar I. / Fonó FA375-2 Traditional music from villages in Transylvania’s Mezőség region. The record gets its name from the “solo legényes type men’s dance of the region known for its richly complex rhythmic motifs…though improvised, it closely adheres to the phrasing of the accompanying melodies…” The band: Soós András – violin, Kalász Máté – violin, Tárnoki Beatrix – voice, Hegedűs Luca – 3-stringed viola, Lányi György – 3-stringed viola, Havasréti Pál – cello, double bass.
Reviews – Hungarian World Music. Three recent recordings are recommended: Zűrös Banda (Fonó 2015), Buda Folk Band – “Saját gyűjtés” (Fonó 2015), singer (in Csík Band) Majorosi Marianna’s solo record – “Szerelmesnek nehéz lenni” (Fonó 2015). By Rácz Mihály – langologitarok.blog.hu 2015 Nov. 27.
Bartus Józsefné Szandai Teréz (Herencsény, Hungary 1931–2015) was a traditional story teller, singer and informant on peasant religious beliefs and customs of Hungary’s Palóc Region, where she lived her entire life. She was recognized as Hungarian Master of Folk Arts in 2002 and recipient of numerous other awards. Géczi Hegedűs Sándor (1935–2015 Rév/Vadu Crişului, Bihar/Bihor County, Romania) was a traditional story teller and important ethnographic informant. He was recognized with title of Master of Folk Arts in 2012. By Magyar Zoltán.
The Pozsony/Bratislava based professional folk dance company Ifjú Szivek is 60 years old. On November 7th, 2015 the group celebrated with a grand gala performance at Hviezdoslav Theatre in Pozsony – the same place where the group gave its first important presentation in 1958. Ifjú Szivek is a Hungarian dance company dedicated first of all to Hungarian folk dance traditions in Slovakia and other parts of the Hungarian language region. Artistic director of the gala performance and company director is Hégli Dusán. Leader of the band: Koncz Gergely. Review and congratulations by one of the group’s founders, dance researcher Takács András.
Reports and basic information on three existing folk dance research groups and university programs: Hungarian Ethnochoreological Association; a dance research program offering BA and MA degrees within the Ethnography and Cultural Anthropology department at the University of Szeged in Hungary; Choreomundus – the European international university program offering MA degree in dance as knowledge, practice and cultural heritage. By Felföldi László, Kukár Barnabás Manó and Varga Sándor.
New CD: Tükrös Band: Erdők, vizek zenéje [Music of the forests and rivers] (2015 Music Hungary Zeneműkiadó Kft. FECD062) Traditional music – the most beautiful melodies – from Transylvania’s Maros and Küküllő regions. The band: Halmos Attila – violin; Koncz Gergely – violin; Árendás Péter – kontra; Liber Endre – kontra, cymbalom; Lelkes András – double bass
Black-Red Dance. This tribute to the Transylvanian village of Szék/Sic reminds us that musicologist Lajtha László went to Szék in 1940 and ‘41 to collect traditional instrumental music. We are also reminded of the unmarried girls from Szék who were sent to Kolozsvár/Cluj to work as servants for wealthier Hungarian families where they worked until they married. On their days off the girls would meet the other Szék girls working in Kolozsvár at a certain park to talk and dance. There was no music, they weren’t allowed to sing in public in Hungarian, so they hummed the music and danced together. They are remembered in a poem by Hungarian poet Kányádi Sándor, who observed them in the 1960s and 70s. By Széki Soós János.
Traditional cuisine of Finnugor language relatives – part III. The Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug – Ugra is a federal subject of Russia with a population of 1.5 million. The Khanty and Mansi people native to the region are known collectively as the Ob Ugric people. Local languages, Khanty and Mansi, are distant relatives to Hungarian and part of the Ugric branch of Finno-Ugric languages. Hungarian ethnographic researcher and linguist Ruttkay-Miklián Eszter whose husband is Khanty, tells about Khanty traditional cuisine – a mainstay of which is boiled meat which is removed from the liquid and eaten separately, then one dips bread in, and eats the left over liquid. By Juhász Katalin.
The early Hungarian folk dance movement – social ideology or national culture? The study is broken into the following sections: Questions and problems for folk writers/The pearly bouquet movement (1930s). Includes extensive notes. By Barta L. Tamás.