Musicians from Hont

/danceplay in one act/

This monumental co-production by Ifjú Szivek was inspired by Béla Bartók’s folk music collection in Hont county in November 1910. The story is based around the famous swineherd horn and bagpipe competition held on the main square of Ipolyság, and incorporates the music and dance traditions relating to the ‘classical’ swineherd-shepherd topic of these culturally rich regions. Bartók gives the following account of the event:  

In Ipolyság Alajos Szokoly county archivist made the collection possible with his high readiness for sacrifice. He recruited for a swineherds’ horn competition and a separate bagpipe competition for our sake (I had dr István Győrffy, the director of the ethnography department with me). In the short course of one afternoon we caught a much more interesting ‘prey’ than the one we found in Nagymegyer. Approximately 10 horn players and 5 bagpipe players – some of them both in one person - responded to the call and came together. What a sight! They march along equipped with all the finery of their profession. Ornamental skins on their shoulders, decorated bagpipes under their arms, horn in their hands and exquisitely studded swineherd whips. It is unlikely we will ever see 5 bagpipe players together in one place again and the marketplace in Ipolyság will probably not hear bagpipe music of the quality played then for some time”.

 I. The competition

  • Dances from Csallóköz
  • Dances from the Zobor region
  • Dances from around Tardoskedd
  • Dances from the Ipoly region
  • Dances from the Garam region
  • Dances from Gömör
     

II. The Marketplace

  • Kiszehajtás
  • Rátócska and frisse
  • Funny verbunk
  • Karikázó (women’s dance)
  • Csárdás from Abaúj
  • Oláhos from Bodrogköz
  • Villőzés
     

III. In the Hoppfinger inn

  • csárdás
  • kanásztánc (swineherds’ dance)
  • bukós
     

Length: 75 min.

Premiered in: 
27th July 2002. Komarno, Tiszti Pavilon
Dancers Katalin Bartal Csóka, Mónika Dobsa Fodor, Anikó Lépes, Edit Rigó Marsal "Dóci", Andrea Mészáros, Zsófi Varsányi, Tamás Dobsa, Gábor Katona, Imre Madocsai, Attila Oláh, Richard Reicher, Attila Sánta
Participating István Pál, Master of Folk Art – badpipe, flute, vocals, Jolán Mihók Kocák and Margit Ceranko – vocals, Margó Mezei, Lajos Mezei – dance, Gergely Agócs – bagpipe, clarinet, Pál Dsupin – bagpipe, Zoltán Juhász – bagpipe, Ágnes Varsányi – narrator, Aranka Balta – dance, Péter Bitter – dance, László Paál – dance, Ferenc Kusy – dance, Péter Bayer – dance, Feszty Árpád Folkdance Ensemble, traditionalists from Martos
Band Ádám Takács – violin, Róbert Lakatos – violin, Zoltán Hanusz – viola, Tibor Lelkes – double bass
Musical Arrangements Zoltán Juhász, Figur band
Choreographers Rita Furik (1,7), Dusan Hégli
Director Dusan Hégli