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  • Lubos Brieda
    Feb 1, 2011
      Vlado, despite the fact that Ben was not born in Slovakia, he has learned more
      about the country and its culture than many regular Slovakia born Slovaks.
      Something like that should be cherished, not attacked. As you surely know,
      Slovakia is full of people with very little esteem for their own country. Hence
      I find it really awesome to get to know people like Ben, Helene, Helen, and
      Ivaska, who truly love their birth or adopted country and want to share its
      culture with others.

      Not sure if you know Senzus but their music style is very much identical to
      Ivaska's. They are very popular in Slovakia. People my age don't want to listed
      to traditional music all the day, it's not our style. So I am truly thankful to
      Ivaska and Senzus for bringing these old songs back to the masses.
      -- Lubos Brieda --


      From: Vladimir Linder <vlinder49@...>
      To: Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Mon, January 31, 2011 3:17:32 PM
      Subject: Re: [Slovak-World] folk music question (non-Ivaska)WHO CARES ABOUT
      HIM?? NOT ME

      Robert Puskar is a personal friend of mine since
      1986. He is first a folklorist and folk musician
      and then he went to become a pro. Just for your information.

      You see Ben you may know a little bit about the
      Slovaks culture and folklore but never enough as it is so vast.

      You will also never ever become SLOVAK as to
      really be one you have to born there.

      That is the difference between Americans and
      Slovaks. Ronald Regan while giving a speech to
      university students on one of his trips in Moscow
      said: you can become one of the European nations
      citizen but you will never become a Russian,
      Czech or Slovak, but, I cried when he said, you
      come to America and you become AMERICAN. It still
      brings tears to my eyes as I write it.


      At 05:36 AM 1/31/2011, you wrote:
      >This is a hard question for anyone to answer, and requires some type of
      >background in the theories of ethnomusicology. :-)
      >Folk music in Slovakia, even among folklorists,
      >has many different "styles," if
      >you will--and I don't mean just regional. You have the highly stylized folk
      >like Lucnica and Sluk, which is very much "polished" by classical influences-
      >from tuning to a lessening of "style."Â One
      >should be careful to mark this as
      >"the real thing," because it has a commercial
      >purpose, and is therefore diluted
      >to gain the appreciation of the mass market. Tuning, for example, will be
      >spot-on; the playing is virtuosic, and the use
      >of dialects, while still present,
      >may not (MAY NOT, not WILL NOT) be as pervasive in the text.Â
      >Your other type is not as aesthetically pleasing to the market, but it is
      >normally called "authentic" folklor. This type
      >of folk music may sound at first
      >"out-of-tune."Â The reason for this is not a lack of skill, but a different
      >tuning standard that "equal temperament."Â Here
      >it is all done by the natural
      >harmonic scale, so you have a naturally tempered
      >tuning that is, well, "foreign"
      >to most peoples ears--at first. This type of
      >folklor also uses more stylistic
      >approaches (sharping notes slightly when
      >ascending in scale, flatting them on
      >the way down) as well as more leniency in the
      >tonality of the piece (as far as
      >parallel major and minor).  The way that "Na
      >Kralovej holi" is normally sung is
      >very strict in its tonality, for example, but
      >the Sumiacan folk group will sing
      >it in minor, ending each phrase on the parallel major (known classically as a
      >Picardy third.)Â This type of folklor has a
      >very specific audience today, as it
      >is not as "refined" sounding. However, it is my preferred type of folk. :-)
      >A good example is listening to the fujara playing of Jozef Rybar or Ondrej
      >Mados (authentic) vs. the playing of Robert
      >Puskar (refined). One is not better
      >than the other, but the styles are very different, as are their aims.
      >From: Julie Michutka <<mailto:jmm%40pathbridge.net>jmm@...>
      >To: <mailto:Slovak-World%40yahoogroups.com>Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com
      >Sent: Fri, January 28, 2011 8:38:45 PM
      >Subject: [Slovak-World] folk music question (non-Ivaska)

      >On Jan 28, 2011, at 8:18 PM, Vladimir Linder wrote:
      > >
      > > He definitely don't represent the folklore and
      > > folk songs of Slovakia that is there today.
      >So now you have me curious, Vladi, about your take on folk music (and
      >I do not mean specifically about Ivaska). You mention "folk songs of
      >Slovakia that is there today." Are you saying that there is 1) a
      >traditional sort of Slovak folk music and 2) some current folk music
      >(that is somehow different from older "traditional" folk music)? Or
      >are you saying that some people do not sing/play/perform folk music in
      >the traditional way (and you don't care for that non-traditional way)?
      >Julie Michutka
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