Dennis, thanks for asking about the old songs. What a trip down memory
lane! The most popular song I can remember my mother singing and
signing with Roman Niznik's group is "Tancuj! Tancuj!" (It was part
of every show we did when we performed at the Nationality Festival at
the Civic Area.) The other song was "Anicka, dushica, kde si bola"
We were from McKees Rocks - west of Pittsburgh.
When I was in Czechoslovakia in 1977 and 1978 as part of SAS, I
traveled a bit with friends after the sessions ended and we visited
villages where the "village bands" were rehearsing. The bands would
rehearse in preparation for participation in the various festivals:
Vychodna and Detva, come to mind. One major way I believe music
traditions spread in Slovak was at festivals.
This is when I know I'm getting old. It seems like just yesterday..
Thanks again for asking - Inez
P.S. While I have your attention, so to speak, Is there anyone who
knows anything about Slovakia's gold embroidery traditions? I don't
want to "deconstruct" any of my pieces. So I was hoping someone would
have a thought about this technique. It's referred to as "vysivky na
cartu" It is gold thread embroidery worked over card board. There was
a woman in Cifer two/three years ago who offered to sell me a plastic
template for 100 Euros. It was just a small plastic template - but it
did have an intricate pattern. Sigh... I thought the price really
exorbitant at the time. Now? Now, I'm sorry I didn't purchase it. In
any event, if you have ideas to share, please contact off-line or here
if you like. Thanks again.
] On Behalf Of dragansk
Sent: Saturday, March 09, 2013 2:05 PM
Subject: [Slovak-World] Questions about Slovak Folk Music
I'm looking for input from the group on the most popular old Slovak
folk songs that would have been known by Slovaks (especially Eastern
Slovaks) in the early 1900s. My grandmother (b. 1907) knew a number of
them, but I don't recall which ones. I've wondered if she learned
these songs in Slovakia or here in the Pittsburgh area after she
arrived in the U.S. in 1929.
Because Slovaks in the villages likely didn't have access to radios
since they few had electricity, how were they exposed to this popular
folk music? Traveling musicians and folk groups, passed down from
parents, learned in school?
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