Hungarian Folk Tune reel

Hungarian Folk Tune has been added to 11 tunebooks.

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X: 1
T: Hungarian Folk Tune
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amin
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Hungarian Folk Tune

This is a simple but beautiful traditional magyar melody.It’s not a reel, it should be played like a kinda march, I don’t know exactly how is called this type of dance.

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What do a hungarian folk tune do on this site - just asking……..

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looks like a nice tune! I appreciate it.

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“What do a hungarian folk tune do on this site”……
Well I’m sure it’s not the first! Tunes from all over Europe and further have been merged into the Irish tradition for centuries.

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Thing is a steady stream of reels and jigs is grand but every now and then Me and my friends like to play something different .sessions are like that……..good tunes are good tunes irrespective of where they come from. We stretch our boundaries sometimes. Also as far as I can gather the Hungarian whistle is the same instrument as the Irish whistle…..

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I read your arguments, and I know there are many ‘non irish’ tunes here, but it IS actually a page for ‘Irish’ session tunes.
The only positive thing I can say about this specific tune is, that it is a good practice tune for absolute beginners.

Foreign tunes are not being merged into irish ‘tradition’, because some irish musicians play them.
‘Tradition’ is not just about the tunes composed 200 years ago, ‘tradition’ moves.
New tunes composed (in the style/sound), are going to be ‘tradition’ very fast…….
T:Chinese tune

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@Will Evans, I have a 6 holed sopilka from Moldova and they play with exactly the same fingering as a regular whistle, and if well made they are a delightful instrument, perfect for a simple tune like this. Mine is in D and sounds like a songbird. I am waiting for a Bansuri which has similar fingering to the whistle and as far as I can make out, not speaking Hindi, it should be tuned the same way.
As for strictly ITM, this website would lose a lot of members because its the variety that makes it so wonderful a resource. Many tunes are similar or sound familiar because people have always traveled, and many of the “traditional” Irish pieces on here originated in other countries. ITM is an Oral and Aural tradition so the provenance of older pieces cannot be pin-pointed with 100% accuracy, and the music evolves over the years. If anyone wants to stick to ITM do so, but for those who enjoy the variety on here, enjoy that as well. Many Celts now enjoy dual heritage, or more, and Celtic sessions outside Ireland do include pieces from other countries. Its not worth starting WW3.

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If Irish music hadn’t evolved with overseas influences there would be no hornpipes or mazurkas, or lots of other things. How old is The Munster Cloak? And its as Spanish as olive oil!

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I don’t usually comment on posts but I thought I would add my comments for this tune.
I asked one of my fellow Hungarian Tekero ( Hurdy Gurdy ) friends for information about this tune.

Many Hungarian tunes don’t have simple names but many times they are just referred to by the first sentence of the lyrics that go with the tune. So you can wind up the tunes names like “ Uncle Istvan went fishing for a big fish and brought back a bride instead“

So I do not have a tune name but it is a tune that goes back to the 18th century which makes it a “ New Tune“ by Hungarian standards. It was played by the famous Cimbalom player, Tendl Pal.

Many tunes like this are notated without any of the ornaments which can vary by region, by performer or instrument.
So this can become a lively little tune when you add ornaments and filler notes.


Ceili asked “ what do Hungarian folk tune do on this site“.
That’s a reasonable question. I and so many other musicians play music from all over the world. Many of my friends that play Irish trad music also play tunes from other countries. And over the years many tunes especially in Europe tend to wander into the repertoire of many countries.

In France and Northern Italy we borrow Irish tunes in Jig time for dances like Circ Circassian, they just fit the spirit of the dance perfectly. At many European festivals you will find jam sessions with a lot of mixing of tunes from various countries.

In Galicia and Asturias you find a lot of Trad and “ Celtic“ bands and the tunes from the Irish Trad repertoire is freely intermixing with the local trad tunes.

I like that I can find tunes on The Session that are from many countries with compatible music. It is a great resource and inspiration for players all over the world.

I hope that The Session continues to an inclusive music web site.