17 June 2010

The cimbalom

From my father I have inherited a love of central and east European folk music. The cimbalom is played throughout the territories that once made up the old Habsburg domains prior to the Great War. Hungarian composer Zoltán Kodály, known also for his arrangements of the Genevan psalm tunes, used the cimbalom in his popular Háry János suite. Here is Jeno Farkas with his Szalai Hungarian Gypsy Band. I challenge listeners to identify the time signature in the final sequence. It's not easy to do.

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