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                                                           ’Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!’

                                                                                                                                         Luke 15.6

                 8 November 2019

Hungarian culture

This website has been constructed for people who take an interest in the culture, history, geography and folk traditions of Hungary.

Outside of Hungary and the region, there are said to be about 2.5 million people with Hungarian roots all over the world. Many of them do not speak the language of their ancestors (or just a little). All the same, many of them wish to learn more about the nation and home of their grandparents.

In 2017, five of us in the Hungarian town of Gyula decided to assist in propagating the Hungarian culture and language through the web. The name of our website is “Könyvet a szórványba!” in Hungarian (“Books for the diaspora!” in English). At first, we were only thinking of Hungarians who live just across the border in neighbouring countries. We wanted to help them to preserve their native language and culture. Then, this year, we developed our idea and expanded it to include people in countries and on continents faraway who do not speak Hungarian. Fortunately, there are many in the world who know English and have an interest in Hungary as well as those who have an affinity for our nation, though they are not of Hungarian descent.

Naturally, our options, time and energies are limited. That is why we can only offer a little help, a bit of subjective inspiration for you to get to know more about the vast and wonderful world of Hungarian culture. We have found some interesting links (below). This is only a little boost to encourage you to explore the as yet unfamiliar and beautiful world of Hungarian culture.

As regards the possibility of finding out more and making contact locally, I was given some very good advice by the Secretary for National Policy of the Government of Hungary: the best way to learn more about and connect with Hungary would be to get in touch with your nearest Hungarian Scout Group or Hungarian House (House of Hungary, Sunday Schools etc.).

I wish you an enjoyable and successful search through the treasure trove of Hungarian culture.

 

Yours,

 

Dr Gábor Pocsay

                Presbyter  Reformed Church

                  Town of Gyula (Hungary)

 

Recommended websites:

 

History

Brief History of Hungary:

https://welovebudapest.com/en/2011/02/14/brief-history-of-hungary/

 

Culture of Hungary:

https://www.everyculture.com/Ge-It/Hungary.html

 

Transylvania.Wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Transylvania

 

Short History of Transylvania:

http://www.hungarianhistory.com/lib/faf/toc02.htm

 

Ethnography:

http://mek.oszk.hu/02700/02790/html/11.html

http://mek.oszk.hu/02700/02790/html/182.html

 

Musik:

Béla Bartók:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B%C3%A9la_Bart%C3%B3k

 

 Divertimento for String Orchestra

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Vi3GHknoxA

 

Concerto:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dr2smgaWsDI

 

 

Evening in the village (Este a székelyeknél):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvdJSVmi404

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4RQu7K8AKA

 

Hungarian folk songs:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hungarian_folksongs_for_voice_and_piano_(Bart%C3%B3k)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJVOgaPAuNY

 

Romanian Folk Dances (Román népi táncok)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romanian_Folk_Dances

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gR3UZTJuEVY

 

For Children (Gyermekeknek-Bartok plays)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3un2XV9E6Y

 

For Children (Zoltan Kocsis Plays)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JSL0YPM8jo

 

For Children (complete recording)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MR8ljgVVamI

 

Zoltán Kodály:

 

Psalmus Hungaricus

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psalmus_Hungaricus_(Kod%C3%A1ly)

 

Psalmus Hungaricus (Conductor: Zoltán Kocsis)          

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhaW7aTWM1Q

 

 

Te Deum Budavár:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Te_Deum_(Kod%C3%A1ly)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVIgABDapVU

 

 Dances of Galánta (Galántai táncok)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dances_of_Gal%C3%A1nta

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C775ImQM1YY

 

Pünkösdölő:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zolt%C3%A1n_Kod%C3%A1ly

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vol1dSF2hs

 

Mátra pictures (Mátrai képek)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zolt%C3%A1n_Kod%C3%A1ly

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cg7l-ayK0rs

 

Háry János (Folk opera):

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H%C3%A1ry_J%C3%A1nos

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhtKNykkJqk

 

 

Geneva Psalm CL (150. genfi zsoltár. Cantemus Chor-Dénes Szabó):

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psalm_150

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSXvPDw1EXg

 

Literature:

 

János Arany:

https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/J%C3%A1nos_Arany

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J%C3%A1nos_Arany

 

The bards of Wales (A walesi bárdok)

https://www.babelmatrix.org/works/hu/Arany_J%C3%A1nos-1817/A_walesi_b%C3%A1rdok/en/3501-The_bards_of_Wales

The two pages of Szondi (Szondi két apródja)

https://www.babelmatrix.org/works/hu/Arany_J%C3%A1nos-1817/Szondi_k%C3%A9t_apr%C3%B3dja

 

Family circle

https://www.babelmatrix.org/works/hu/Arany_J%C3%A1nos-1817/Szondi_k%C3%A9t_apr%C3%B3dja

 

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