Balade vitejești și alte cântări – Bucharest Early Music Festival
Balade vitejești și alte cântări

Balade vitejești și alte cântări

Starts from: November 23, 2016

Start Time 7:00 pm

Muzeul Naţional de Artă al României, Sufrageria Regală

Trei Parale will perform their  new project „Balade vitejești și alte cântări”, on Wednesday, November 23, 19.00, at the National Museum of Art of Romania, Royal Dining Room.


The ballad, thus entitled by folklorists (beginning with Alecsandri), or the old songs as it was known among peasants, is a species of Romanian folklore that has been widely debated by intellectuals, literati and folklorists, but increasingly ignored by the public at large. The ballad is an epic song with great ambit, a story set to music, a kind of storytelling coming from the Middle Ages. Although its origin is not entirely known (as with other aspects of the song of old, there are endless discussions), medieval sources speak of songs about heroic deeds, performed at princely courts. Later, after research on the ballad had started, i.e. in the mid-19th century, they were present all over the place in the simple world of the village, at pubs and inns. Their content was very diverse: from the fantastic ones akin to the world of fairy tales and legends, to oral diaries recounting various recent events. Today, only old village musicians know a few fragments from such songs, therefore recirculating them is a challenge, which the members of the Trei parale group decided to take up. The ballads in this program speak mostly about a heroic world in conflict with the Ottoman Empire. In contrast, Miu the outlaw is in an “internal” conflict with a voivod Ștefan. Dissimilar from the preceding ones, the pastoral ballad The shepherd who lost his sheep closes the program in revue-like fashion. The new project of Trei parale is for the first time presented inside Bucharest Early Music Festival. English version Florin Iordan (Florin Iordan).


Taxîm, The song of Brâncoveanu, two dances from Walachia, three dances from Moldavia
Chira Chiralina and other instrumental pieces: Ca din cimpoi, ca din caval „as on bagpipe, as on long pipe” Novac and cobza „folk lute” melodies
Mihu Haiducu and dance melodies
The shepherd who lost his sheep and dance melody: Vlăsceanca


Florin Iordan: cobza (folk lute)
Daniel Pop: voice, flutes, percussion
Mihai Balabaș: violin
George Ștefan Kudor: doublebass
Trei parale (“Threepenny”) is a group of young urbanites drawn by the old music specific to the Carpathian region, who perform traditional musics of both the Romanians and other ethnic groups that live in the area (Jews, Hungarians, Gypsies). The person in charge of the band’s concept is Florin Iordan (pipes, kobsa), an ethnomusicologist at the Romanian National Peasant Museum, with a deep knowledge of Romanian traditional musics, gained during many episodes of field research across the country. The members of the group are: Daniel Pop (voice, pipes, percussion), Beatrice Iordan (voice, kobsa), Dinu Petrescu (percussion), Mihai Balabaș (violin, double base), George Ștefan Kudor (double base, percussion), George Turliu (voice, percussion), Maruca Iordan (voice, kobsa, dans). In order to reconstruct the musical universe that they want to show to the public, the members of the group have their own musical sources. Thus, they use the original transcriptions of Anton Pann – an well known specialist in Byzantine music – put together in a big collection made of several volumes, named ”Spitalul Amorului”. They also travel very much in the countryside, where they meet and work together with old musicians who share their musical original experiences. They also listen to old recordings made by Constantin Brăiloiu long time ago or simply make lots of researches through all the Early musical collections that they ever find. The band gave concerts at the medieval, world music, theatre and open air festivals in Romania and also on festivalsabroad („Transditions”, Bruxelles 2006, Cultural Meetings on Danube, Budapest 2009, The Culture of Peace Festival, Tel Aviv, Israel 2012, Kocsonya Fesztival, Miskolc, Hungary 2012, Intercultural Art Dialogues Days, Istanbul-Turcia 2011, DUNA PARTY, Budapest-Hungary 2011, “Mikołajki Folkowe” International Folk Festival Lublin-Poland 2010). They also performed at art exhibition openings (Ștefan Câlția, Marian Zidaru), in Bucharest clubs (Green Hours, The Club of the Romanian Peasant) or they were invited in different radio or TV broadcastings („La porţile Ceriului” – TVR Cultural, made by Grigore Leşe, ”Work in progress” – TVR Cultural made by Valentina Băinţan). The group made the music for two theater plays and for one short-film “The Story of Bucur” (directed by Aurelia Mihai, Germany 2009). During the last two years, they were again involved in two very important projects: they made the music for the well-known film productions ”Kyra Kyralina” directed by Dan Pița (2014) and Aferim directed by Radu Jude (2015).

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