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Thread #18054   Message #1784080
Posted By: GUEST,Fred McCormick
15-Jul-06 - 04:51 AM
Thread Name: Help: Gypsy/East European music
Subject: RE: Help: Gypsy/East European music
Check Passion Music, an on-line order company who specialise in Eastern European music. They're at http://www.passiondiscs.co.uk/world_beat.htm and their site has soundclips.

There's any amount of authentic eastern European music available on CD nowadays. However, for anyone starting out in Romanian music, I'd particularly recommend the Romanian volume in the Columbia World Library of Folk and Primitive Music, Vol XVII. The disc came out on LP in the early fifties and has recently been re-edited and reissued on Rounder 1161-1759-2. It contains some wonderful stuff.

Regarding your Romanian gypsy friend, why not try recording him yourself ? Granted it might be difficult if you're not familiar with the idiom. But at least if you could get the tunes and titles, and anything he can tell you about the music, it would do a little bit to preserve the guy's music.