44th National Táncház Festival & Fair • 4–6 April 2025
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Gypsy music? Peasant music? Folk music! The Hungarian State Folk Ensemble’s 70th Anniversary. Important changes in the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble began in 1981 when Timár Sándor was named artistic director. Timár arrived from his post as director of the Bartók Ensemble with the goal of transplanting his new model for staging folk dance/folklore to update the State Ensemble’s repertoire. Until that time the State Ensemble had been functioning on the original model used since it was established in 1951. „…it would be great if the three artistic bodies of the ensemble [dance corps, chorus, musicians] were able to use Hungarian folk dance, music and song in its original form – the simpler natural form…” This article continues by tracing the succession of the folk musicians from the dance house movement that have played for the ensemble since 1981. By Árendás Péter, Szecsődi Barbara and Vavrinecz András.