Gypsy Musical Information
Enchanted gypsy musicals
Roma or Gypsy people have managed to keep their traditions and rituals separate from the other people around the world. Gypsies are also called nomads as they have their own tribes, laws and lifestyle. Gypsy musical has its own has distinct features and music tradition has been kept alive over the period of many centuries. They have survived on their skills such as fortune telling, metal works and trading etc.
Roma used to be nomadic but now they are residing in various countries such as Hungary, India and United States of America and in many parts of Europe. Hungarian gypsy music is famous all over the world and cherishes a musical tradition well kept since 19th century. Gypsy musical and music has also been a part of many movies of the Hollywood. The Roma musicians have contributed to the music with their enchanting melodies played for the traditional celebrations in Eastern Europe as well as other parts of the world. Roma people also act as repositories of music that is in danger of extinction. It is believed that Roma music is an assortment or adaptation to many host cultures whereas there is a distinctive style that is only associated to the gypsy musicians or players.
Gypsy style refers to the typical East European music played in the European cities and is also called the “gypsy music”. Gypsy music is mainly instrumental and characteristics of gypsy music are instrumentation, the repertoire and the idiom. The common origins of gypsy music are Hungary, Romania or Russia. The Hungarian melodies have slow movements, medium tempo and thereafter the fast czardas. The Romanian melodies are melodically simple but have complicated rhythms. The Russian melodies are well known and easy to remember. American Gypsies play traditional music that has been handed down for generations.
Gypsy music style sometimes has an oriental ornamentation and embellished with folk songs. The elaborate and embellished melodies often surpass their originals. The use of rhythmic variations in the melody produces a bouncing effect that may become most exciting.
The harmonic structure is embellished and has certain characteristic features.
The gypsy musical differences among the various Roma communities are striking however they have much musical commonalities. The compilation of the music by the Roma musicians reflects the absorbed influences from the countries to which they migrated and lived. Roma songs in Romany language are sweet and charming. They are soothing to ears and entertaining. Many gypsy musicians and musical is very much popular in Budapest and Vienna. It is played in the restaurants, parties, celebrations and marriage ceremonies in the Eastern part of Europe. The sophisticated music by the Gypsy musicians became popular in the 19th century and Romani virtuoso like Bela Babai, Lajos Veres, Rajkó boys are famous household names for playing the enchanted gypsy music.