The Beauty of Magyar Folk Music

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Contributors: Andranick Tanguiane, Fred Lerdahl,

The Beauty of Magyar Folk Music is a blog dedicated to the exploration and enjoyment of Hungarian Folk music.

Introduce the history, geography, and people of Hungary.

Magyar Folk Music is the traditional music of Hungary. The region of Hungary is located in Central Europe and is bordered by seven other countries: Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, and Ukraine. The people of Hungary are called Magyars. The Magyar people have a long history dating back to the 9th century when they settled in the region now known as Hungary.

The Magyar people have many different types of folk music ranging from instrumental music to vocal music. Some of the most popular instruments used in Magyar folk music include the cimbalom (a type of hammered dulcimer), fiddle, flute, and lute. Hungarian folk music often has a fast tempo and is very upbeat.

One of the most popular forms of Magyar folk music is csardas. Csardas is a fast-paced dance that originated in the 18th century. It is usually performed by couples and features twirling and spinning movements. Csardas often has a lively instrumental accompaniment played on violins and cimbaloms.

Another popular form of Magyar folk music is verbunkos. Verbunkos is a type of dance music that was popular in the 18th and 19th centuries among the lower classes in Hungary. It was often used as a recruiting tool by the Austrian army because it was so catchy and upbeat. Verbunkos typically has a slow first section followed by a faster second section. The music is usually accompanied by violins and cimbaloms.

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