Legedi László István, Bálint Erzsébet: Moldvai csángómagyar népzene Klézséből (Hungarian Folk Music from Moldva)
"...The continuous interaction of the peoples living in the region created a melodic world of exceptional ríchness, in whose musical forms, ranging from simple archaic tunes to classical ones, the constant renewal of human life is being cast in sound..."
Béla Bartók (On Eastern European Folk Music, 1942)
The musical pieces on this CD are all traditional Csángó (a Hungarian minority in Romania) tunes from Moldva. The dance tunes are played by István László Legedi (50 years old, carpenter) on the Furulya (wooden whistle with six holes), the Kaval (long wooden whistle with five holes) and the Tilinkó (wooden whistle without holes). The songs are sung by Erzsébet Bálint (56 years old, housewife). Both are peasant musicians, that is they have learned the traditional melodies and lyrics, which were passed down from generation to generation, from their parents.
Most of the tunes are dances, accompanied with the Koboz (special kind flute with four or five pairs of strings, today to be found in this area only), Jew's harp and a drum, but lyrical instrumental and vocal tunes can also be heard. This recording is part of a series of musical editions (cassettes and sheet music) on Hungarian folk music from Moldva.
The Zurgó Band was founded by young musicians from Budapest. They would like to preserve and pass on this ancient music in an urban context. The tunes played by the band were added to show the contrast between the authentic and the urban interpretation.
LEGEDI László István – furulya (1-3, 9, 11, 15-19, 20, 26, 29, 30), kaval (7, 8, 12-14, 21, 22, 28), tilinkó (24, 25)
BÁLINT Erzsébet – ének / voice (2, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 18, 30)
Kísér / Accompanied by:
BENKE Grátzy: dob / drum 1, 2, 7, 9, 11, 14, 15, 18, 19, 26, 28-30
BOLYA Mátyás: koboz 1-3, 7-11, 14, 15, 18, 19,, 26, 28-30
BALOGH Sándor: doromb / Jew’harp 8, 21, 25
Közreműködik / With the Participation of ZURGÓ Band
DRASKÓCZY Lídia – hegedű / fiddle 4, 23, 27
NAGY Bercel – furulya 4, 27; kaval 23
JAKABFFY Balázs – dob / drum 4, 23, 27
RÓKA Szabolcs – koboz 4, 23, 27 (Guest Artist from Tatros Band)
UNGER Balázs – cimbalom / dulcimer 4, 23 (Guest Artist from Galga Band)