44th National Táncház Festival & Fair • 4–6 April 2025
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Szilágyság melodies’ kontra and double-bass accompaniment. Szilágyság/Sălaj is a region in Western Transylvania. Ethnographically it is a transitional area between Transylvania and the Hungarian Plain. It is located in the Northwestern corner of today’s Romania. Many Hungarian ethnomusicologsts agree that in terms of folk music, the region belongs to Transylvania because of: the vocabulary of melodies, style of playing the stringed instruments, accentuation in the dance melodies, and the counter rhythm used. The playing style of two musicians: Boda Vilmos "Dándáló" (four-stringed viola) born 1927, and Varga Sándor "Pengő" (double bass) born 1929 – is examined here. Both musicians are from the village of Szilágynagyfalu/Nușfalău. Types of melodies examined: figurázó (a legényes – a type of men’s dance) verbunk /lassú csárdás (men’s dance/slow couple dance), ugrálós (fast couple dance). By Árendás Péter. – Preview from a publication soon to be released by Hungarian Heritage House: Szilágysági népzene [Folk Music of Szilágyság]