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Episode 20


After a visit there last year, I returned with an essence of the culture and music. From field folk to jazz and psychedelic rock, I deeply enjoyed digging for this episode.

For episode 20, I am very happy to invite you to Hungary.

Native voice introduction: @mirmurmusic


Gabor Szabo - Stormy
Va neszépszerelem - Mátrai Zsuzsa
Zalatnay Sarolta - Adj Egy Percet
Belváros - Hungária
Gabor Szabo - It's So Hard to Say Goodbye
Kovács Kati - Az eső és én
Illes - Szoke Anni balladaja
Cseh Tamás és Másik János - Budapest
Kampec Dolores - Ligetek Groves
Muzsikás - Azt gondoltam, eső esik
Csík Zenekar - Én Vagyok Az Aki Nem Jó
Lenn A Tiszan - Ifju Muzsikas
Egyszólam - Egyik Ajtóról A Másra
sebestyén márta - szerelem szerelem
Fang xilofonok - Muzsikás, Amadinda
Csókolom - Lörincreve (In G)
Dudatánc - Muzsikás

Musical history and styles

Hungary has made many contributions to the fields of folk, popular and classical music. Hungarian folk music is a prominent part of the national identity and continues to play a major part in Hungarian music. It is also strong in the Szabolcs-Szatmár area and in the southwest part of Transdanubia. The Busójárás carnival in Mohács is a major Hungarian folk music event, formerly featuring the long-established and well-regarded Bogyiszló orchestra.

Hungarian classical music has long been an "experiment, made from Hungarian antedecents and on Hungarian soil, to create a conscious musical culture [using the] musical world of the folk song". Although the Hungarian upper class has long had cultural and political connections with the rest of Europe, leading to an influx of European musical ideas, the rural peasants maintained their own traditions such that by the end of the 19th century Hungarian composers could draw on rural peasant music to (re)create a Hungarian classical style. For example, Béla Bartók and Zoltán Kodály, two of Hungary's most famous composers, are known for using folk themes in their music. Bartók collected folk songs from across Central and Eastern Europe, including the Czech Republic, Poland, Romania and Slovakia, whilst Kodály was more interested in creating a distinctively Hungarian musical style.

During the era of Communist rule in Hungary (1949–1989) a Song Committee scoured and censored popular music for traces of subversion and ideological impurity. Since then, however, the Hungarian music industry has begun to recover, producing successful performers in the fields of jazz such as trumpeter Rudolf Tomsits, pianist-composer Károly Binder and, in a modernized form of Hungarian folk, Ferenc Sebő and Márta Sebestyén. The three giants of Hungarian rock, Illés, Metró and Omega, remain very popular, especially Omega, which has followings in Germany and beyond as well as in Hungary. Older veteran underground bands such as Beatrice from the 1980s also remain popular.

Other musical styles of Hungary:


Roma music


Hungarian folk music


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