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Romania: Festive Music from the Maramure Region CD

Romania: Festive Music from the Maramure Region CD

  • $1529


This album captures the robust music in the Maramure region of Romania, where the musicians play the fiddle (ceter), the guitar (zongor), and the drum (dob) at large gatherings, annual festival celebrations, and smaller, neighborhood parties. The traditional dancing parties occur regularly in the villagers’ homes, where they make music together impromptu, and have poetic competitions all night long. The live recordings of such a party in Hoteni village offer a taste of this gaiety. Today, these recordings from 1992 carry particular significance because many political and social changes have greatly impacted the region since the 1990s. 60 minutes, 25-page notes.

This album is part of the UNESCO Collection of Traditional Music. More than 125 albums are being re-released by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings to make the series publicly available again, including a dozen never-released albums of musical traditions from around the globe.

Track listing

1 Horea oilor (The song of the sheep) - 1:44
2 Zîcali de baut (Suite of feast songs) - 7:41
3 Horea miresei (The ritual bride’s song) - 3:37
4 Music to accompany the marriage ceremony - 6:09
5 Hore din Saliste (Song from Saliste) - 2:13
6 Suite of dances - 6:39
7 Music for dancing and singing - 9:55
8 Suite of songs (hori) and feast songs (de baut) - 9:43
9 Suite of songs and dances - 12:32


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