English Table of Contents 1998/1
Summary on the situation of folk music in Hungary written by Kiss Ferenc for the Hungarian Music Council. This is part of a report on the current status of the táncház movement and its supporting institutions and associations, the archives, libraries, music schools and elementary schools where folk music exists as part of the curriculum, teachers training programs, publications, record companies, etc.; with an emphasis on the period since the change in the government.
Kóka Rozália writes about another Easter custom of old; that of building alarge swing in a square near the church in town. The boys of the village would take the girls for a swing on Easter afternoon. These swings were built especially for the occasion on the Thursday before Easter, and then were taken apart after the holiday.
A conversation with Bodza Klára. The directors of the folk music program at the Nádasdy Kálmán School of the Arts in Budafok talk with Bodza Klára about the recent award which she has recieved for her work teaching folksong over the past 20 years, her teaching methods, the text book which she and ethnomusicologist Paksa Katalin wrote, and the performing group which she directs and founded, Tátika. By Korösi Katalin
The musicians of Gyimes. A historical account of the dances, dance tradition and musical family dynasties of the Gyimes Valley, a remote area nestled high in the Carpathian mountains on the eastern edge of Transylvania. Legend has it that the musicians from the neighboring region known as "Csík" (Székely villages in the area surrounding Csíkszereda - or in Romanian Miercureaciuc) starting going to Gyimes sometime starting in the late 1800's, bringing their violins and hit cellos (gardon) with them. This article was first published in a yearly journal from the Csíkszereda area and is written by Tankó Gyula, who not only teaches school in Gyimes but is also a native of the area.
Kalotaszeg: the discovery of folk art. At Budapest's Ethnographical Museum, there is currently an exhibit of folk art from the area of Transylvania called Kalotaszeg. This exhibit which will be open throughout 1998, presents the extraordinary folk arts of that ethnographic region, while celebrating the role they have had in the "discovery" of the folk arts in Hungary and offering a historical look at how they have been presented in the arts over the years. dr. Hofer Tamás
Together, from the cradle to the grave. An account of the customs from confirmantion through the wedding and ways that the people help one another throughout life in Szék (a village in the Mezoség region of Transylvania). Though this particular village is an icon of Budapest's táncház movement, few people know what life in this villagereally means. By Soós János (from Szék)
...and the war drags on... Letter to Pálfy Gyula and Vavrinecz András from Szalay Zoltán: Mr. Szalay's reaction to the aforementioned two gentlemen's reaction to an article by Mr. Szalay (on dance music of Magyarpalatka) which appeared in folkMAGazin last year.
Information, announcements, táncház-es, clubs, etc.
Hungarian Radio's Folk Music Competition The 36 winners of the first round of Hungarian Radio Rt's 1st folk music competion will be broadcast live on April 4th and 5th, 1998. The winners of the final round of the competition will be broadcast live on Hungarian Radio on April 24th. The winners for the first round of the competition were selected from several hundred entries by a jury of professionals in the field (Olsvai Imre, Paksa Katalin, Szvorák Katalin, Sebo Ferenc, Rossa László). See Hungarian announcement for names of the 36 finalists.
17th National Dance House Festival & Market
Táncház-es and folk clubs
Music, dance and handicraft summer camps
A conversation with Kiss Ferenc upon celebration of the Budapest recording company, Etnofon's 5th birthday. This prolific company which serves a relatively wide range of Hungarian popular and folk music has recently re-organized themselves with their recording studio under the seperate name of "Za-Ki Hangstúdió". Kiss Feri comments here on everything: Etnofon, his work, his life, his family and his sleeping patterns. By Hollókői Lajos.
Jelenlévo Múlt (the present past) Announcing a series of books by Planétás Publications. The series is devoted to Hungarian folk arts including titles on folk music, folk dance, customs and crafts. See the Hungarian for specific titles offered in the series. These books are, of course, in Hungarian
A review of the Üsztürü Ensemble's recently released recording
Comments on the new recording presenting Szántó Ferenc, fiddler and flute player from the Transylvanian village of Magyarbece. This is the first recording in a new series called, "A Mestereink" (our masters) and has been released through the combined efforts of Fonó Records and Harmónia Bt. The Téka Ensemble and Szántó János (Szántó Ferenc's brother) also play on this recording: thus presenting authentic village musicians accompanied by a revival band from Budapest. This is an example of a situation both common and sought after within the táncház movement, wherein folk musicians from the city search for "informants" who can supply authentic material for their music and then end up playing together with them. K. Tóth László
Easter Customs of Andrásfalva Andrásfalva is in the area of northeastern Transylvania called Bukovina. Here is an article telling about traditions from there as they were, probably during the period between the two world wars. It starts with the period of fasting following carnival and goes through Easter Monday. For example on Easter Monday evening, the boys would steal the gates from the girls' yards, then taking them to the edge of town and building a corral for the sheep with them, putting them in a nearby lake or on the roof of the jewish family in town. By Sebestyén Ádám