Music from the Hills (Music)
With John Uhlemann
Sun Oct 28th 2012 4.00pm–6.00pm
Time zone: central
Zsarátnok “Vámpírok bálja / Vampire's Ball” from Holdudvar (Hungaroton (cassette) 1989) —this rather tongue-in-cheek piece is played by a Hungarian group, but the soloist the Bulgarian multi-instrumentalist nikolai parov, who also did work for RiverDanceBuy it!
orchestra populară a Filarmonicii din Oradea “Scuturatul din Sîmbăta” from la horă-n sat Bihor (Electrecord (LP)) —we start our traversal of Transylvanian music with msuic from Bihor, a mountainous area on the western edge of Transylvania and home to some of the oldest layer of Romanian music.Buy it!
Petru Bundiș “Ardelenesc din Săcădat” from Deux virtoses du vilon Gheorghe Rada - Petru Bundiș (Electrecord (LP))Buy it!
Ion Fărcaș “Doină din Năsăud, de-a lungul de pe Someș, Joc Ciobănesc din Ilva Mare” from Rencontre avec la Roumanie: Vallée du Someș (Electrecord (LP)) —a slow song, an introductory slow processional dance, and a couple dance, from northern Transylvania. The soloist is playing a Caval, a long 5-holed shepherd's flute, which is not usually played for dance music.Buy it!
Iosif Ghemant “Bărbunc din Gherla” from Rencontre avec la Roumanie: Vallée du Someș (Electrecord (LP)) —This could just as easily be a Hungarian dance from this mixed area, and, indeed, this Roma player probably played for weddings of both ethnic groups.Buy it!
Alexandru Țitruș “Purtată de pe Someș” from Alexandru Țitruș vol. II (Electrecord (LP)) —The most famous of the mid-20th century Transylvanian fiddlers, Titrus is claimed by both Hungarians and Romanians, but was Roma and knew the whole repertoire.Buy it!
Iosif Ghemant “Joc Bătrînesc din Mintiul Gherlei” from two virtuosos of the violin (Electrecord (LP)) —a slow dance with a melody of the type favored by villages that had a mixed Hungarian and Romanian population.Buy it!
Hendric Iorga “Învîrtită din Românași și Joc de Carăbi” from Trois virtuoses du violon (Electrecord (LP)) —beautiful fiddle playing by another Roma musician from North Transylvania. Note the bagpipe imitation tune at the end.Buy it!
Ilie și Radu Vincu “Brîul lui Laie și brîu de la Marga” from Ilie și Radu Vincu (Electrecord (LP)) —this is technically from Banat, but I just had to play this amazing piece before I went on to the Hungarian traditionBuy it!
Téka “Volt Szeretõm, Volt Egy Szép (Öreges Csárdás, Magyar Bece)” from Erdélyország Sok Szép Vize (Duo Sound 1993) —we now start with pieces from Hungarian-speaking villages in Transylvania which, after all, was part of the Austro-Hungarian empire for hundreds of years.Buy it!
Téka “Vajdaszentiványi Sebesforduló” from Erdélyország Sok Szép Vize (Duo Sound 1993) —Magyar Bece is in south Transylvania; this is from the northeast, almost on the slopes of the Carpathian mountains. Nice dance.Buy it!
Kálmán Balogh “Vajdaszentivanyi Forgatos” from The Art of the Gipsy Cimbalom (ARC 1998) —we wind up music from the Hungarian villages of Transylvania with this classic recording by the young Kalman Balogh, who has gone on to bigger things...Buy it!
Muzsikás “Szászrégeni szidó tánc” from Maramoros - The Lost Jewish Music of Transylvania (Rykodisc 1993) —There were Jews in every urban area of Transylvania up to WW II. Some of the roma musician who played for their weddings contributed to this and the next recordingBuy it!