Intermediate Hungarian Folk/Gypsy Music?
As I'm recently becoming more and more interested in my Hungarian ancestry, I'm hoping to find some Hungarian folk/gypsy music to play (I know my grandfather would be thrilled to hear it!).
The caveat is that my level is about Suzuki book 5/6. The Hungarian music that I've come across -- Brahms' Hungarian Dances arranged by Joachim, or something like this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfQ-aggblkE -- appear to be well above my level.
Does anyone know of any fun Hungarian folk music that might be appropriate to a player at my level? Thanks very much!
Peter Cooper: Eastern European Fiddle Tunes: 80 Traditional Pieces for Violin. Several Hungarian tunes in this book I found at Shar. Sweet tunes all throughout.
The Béla Bartók violin duos might be fun to check out. They are all of varying difficulty and many incorporate or draw on Hungarian folk music.
Mel Bay has two books appropriate for lower technical grades; East Europe violin duets, and "Gypsy" violin, arranged by Mary Ann Harbar.
Thanks for the recommendations everyone. I will check all of these out. And I welcome any more recommendations as well!
My kids have used the Harbar book, and my little one (age 9, end of Book 6) was able to play quite a bunch of them, even at age 7. Lots of them are very accessible. My son likes to improvise on them to make them harder. Also Monti Csardas is not all that hard -- probably OK for around book 6/7 level.
Hello, I don't mean to self promote, but I did produce a course like that a few years ago featuring someone who truly specializes in that tradition.
nice gypsy playing, just curious, is he blind?
I believe Tcha Limberger is blind, but Denis could confirm.
If you like music from that corner of the world, you might find this useful:
hello, yes he is blind. He has a very deep knowledge of many eastern European folk music often associated with Gypsy musicians. I hope to do more in-depth stuff of that stuff with him one day
I don't know, this guy (Stefan Dymiter) is pretty cool...
I recently purchased a collecton of Hungarian folk music, and I wiil return home in a week or so and then will post details of it. It does contain many Cossack songs, and a range of dance music.