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is there traditional music in Prague?

GUEST,leeneia 10 Aug 00 - 06:05 PM
Lox 10 Aug 00 - 06:15 PM
Lepus Rex 10 Aug 00 - 08:15 PM
GUEST,leeneia 10 Aug 00 - 10:35 PM
Lena 11 Aug 00 - 04:43 AM
GUEST,leeneia 11 Aug 00 - 09:44 AM
Lepus Rex 11 Aug 00 - 01:12 PM
GUEST,leeneia 11 Aug 00 - 04:40 PM
Lepus Rex 11 Aug 00 - 10:29 PM
GUEST,leeneia 12 Aug 00 - 12:51 AM
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Subject: is there traditional music in Prague?
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 10 Aug 00 - 06:05 PM

My dear husband (DH) and I are considering a trip to Prague next summer. We have seen a travel book which said there is a lot of neat music in Prague. Have any of you been there, and was there much music?


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Subject: RE: is there traditional music in Prague?
From: Lox
Date: 10 Aug 00 - 06:15 PM

I spent the best summer of my life busking in Prague. The charles bridge is the first place to go, after about 9.00pm.

After that, check out the reubensbar on the "other" side of the bridge, (the side where the cool clock tower isn't) I can't remember the locations of the other venues or their names, but there are loads of places to go.

If Prague has something to shout about, it is its bohemian culture. Consider that the Vaclav Havl was an anti establishment poet and a saxaphone player.

In fact, you can even go to the seedy Jazz club where he took Bill Clinton for an impromptu jam session.

Rating - *****


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Subject: RE: is there traditional music in Prague?
From: Lepus Rex
Date: 10 Aug 00 - 08:15 PM

Ugh, there's two of this thread out there...

Leeneia, I haven't been to Czech Republic, but I was wondering: Do you mean like American, Celtic, British,etc. style folk music, or indiginous Czech and Moravian folk music?

Lox, 'bohemian,' yuk yuk yuk... :)

---Lepus Rex


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Subject: RE: is there traditional music in Prague?
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 10 Aug 00 - 10:35 PM

I mean any kind of music that qualifies as traditional.


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Subject: RE: is there traditional music in Prague?
From: Lena
Date: 11 Aug 00 - 04:43 AM

Hope this thread will still be on when I'll have the right name to give you.My dad got back yesterday from working at a Czeck folk festival.I've heard bits of it and the stuff is amazing.All folk music from there and rounds(up until Finland)is amazing,the sung one as well...I don't know if it's played in sessions like Celtic/English/others,because it's terribly difficult and my personal opinion is that you have to be a classical player with GUTS&Guts of technique to face it.But then again,those crazy fast fast fast Hungarian fiddlers are considered folk,so...


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Subject: RE: is there traditional music in Prague?
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 11 Aug 00 - 09:44 AM

Thanks, Lena. If too much time passes before you get the name, just start a new thread and put "Prague" or "Czech" in the subject, and I will be sure to read it.

Was this festival in Czechoslovakia or in another country?

I agree with you about that Hungarian fiddle music. I love it!


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Subject: RE: is there traditional music in Prague?
From: Lepus Rex
Date: 11 Aug 00 - 01:12 PM

Czechoslovakia?!?!?! Grrr... Two countries, and the Slovakia is capitalised, thank you! ;)

---Former half-assed Slovak nationalist, Lepus Rex


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Subject: RE: is there traditional music in Prague?
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 11 Aug 00 - 04:40 PM

Lepus, try to keep in mind that someone on the Internet may not have English as their native language and may be as young as nine or ten years old. The writer may not be as inured to dirty words as we adults are, either.


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Subject: RE: is there traditional music in Prague?
From: Lepus Rex
Date: 11 Aug 00 - 10:29 PM

leeneia, aw, you're just sore because you didn't know there was no such thing as Czechoslovakia.

Lighten up, eh? Besides, 'ass' hasn't been a swear word for decades now. Unless this internet-using child you mention hasn't gone beyond the Teletubbies web page, and hasn't watched tv, ever, and hasn't left the confines of his/her home/prison, it's likely that they (shock) already know this vile word. And if they can't read English, how can it offend them? And if MY language offended you, put your blinders on for, oh, 99% of the other threads you might happen to read here. ;)

---Lepus Rex


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Subject: RE: is there traditional music in Prague?
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 12 Aug 00 - 12:51 AM

I knew. I just forgot for a moment.


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Subject: RE: is there traditional music in Prague?
From: Lepus Rex
Date: 12 Aug 00 - 01:02 AM

leeneia, I know you did, I'm just kidding with you. That's what the little 'emoticons' after my entries are supposed to tell ya! Turn your head to the left (your left) until it touches your shoulder, then look at this: :)

Your'e so serious!

---Lepus Rex :OB


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Subject: RE: is there traditional music in Prague?
From: Lena
Date: 12 Aug 00 - 03:49 AM

Still have to get the festival name...in the meantime,check for a couple of books...the titles might be wrong,as I'm translating the italian version.

Leo Perutz "Nightime Under the Stony Bridge" Bohumil Hrabal "Insertion for a House I don't Want to Live in Anymore" (and from the very same Hrabal,"Too a Loud Solitude"...)

Dear Mr Rex,I'm on the Czech side SO WHAT ?!?


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Subject: RE: is there traditional music in Prague?
From: Lepus Rex
Date: 12 Aug 00 - 04:13 AM

Lana, I am so, so sorry. Sorry that Czech bagpipes don't sound as good as Slovak bagpipes. ;)

---Lepus Rex


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Subject: RE: is there traditional music in Prague?
From: Lena
Date: 12 Aug 00 - 05:13 AM

And I'm so sorry you can't even spell my name correctly... ;)

(of course my czech thing is totally elective.I've been trying to learn the language for a long time...)


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Subject: RE: is there traditional music in Prague?
From: Lepus Rex
Date: 12 Aug 00 - 05:57 AM

Ouch! I'll NEVER try to be a wise-ass when it's 4 in the morning AGAIN! :)


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Subject: RE: is there traditional music in Prague?
From: Crowhugger
Date: 12 Aug 00 - 06:06 AM

Lena,

To follow up this thread at a future date, click on [u]Add Thread To Tracer[/u]. The you'll always have it handy on your Personal Page to refresh when you want to, or just read it. This keeps the information together instead of on different threads.

It sure sounds like your trip will be wonderful! Cheers!


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Subject: RE: is there traditional music in Prague?
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 12 Aug 00 - 12:43 PM

Leo Perutz, Bohumil Hrabel. I will check them out.

Say, I once met a Scotsman named Campbell who scoffed, "Mrazek! How is anybody supposed to pronounce that?" I told him that we have no trouble pronouncing Br, and why should Mr be much different? M and B are close together in our mouths.

Later I realized that I should have asked him how we are supposed to pronounce "mpb" (as in the middle of "Campbell.")


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Subject: RE: is there traditional music in Prague?
From: Lena
Date: 13 Aug 00 - 07:37 AM

Bohumil HRABAL,not Hrabel.I must have spelled it uncorrectly.... My father refuses to connect and remember the name of the festival.Will try again in the following days...


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Subject: RE: is there traditional music in Prague?
From: celticblues5
Date: 13 Aug 00 - 01:53 PM

Yes, there is traditional music from all the Eastern European countries. The Sovietski catalogue, among others, offers CD's from some. I got a Slovakian one, in prep for a family reunion, fully expecting lots of horrid polka music, and was pleasantly surprised at the non-polka-ness of the music.:-) You might try your local university library for ethnic music archives.


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Subject: RE: is there traditional music in Prague?
From: Lepus Rex
Date: 13 Aug 00 - 06:33 PM

Polka? Horrid?! Blasphemer! Repent!

---Lepus Rex


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Subject: RE: is there traditional music in Prague?
From: celticblues5
Date: 13 Aug 00 - 07:51 PM

evil thing right back atcha! ;-) sorry, it's on my list of gawdawful attempts at music, right along with CW, Sousa marches, and Sweet Adelines. Polkas are just so...so...what is the word I want here? Terminally chirpy?


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Subject: RE: is there traditional music in Prague?
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 13 Aug 00 - 10:28 PM

Oh, polkas aren't so bad. For example, the housework gets done faster if you listen to polkas. And it's impossible to feel resentful of the chores for long while they play in the background.

Lepus, I see that you are typing at 6 pm. No longer burning the midnight oil?


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Subject: RE: is there traditional music in Prague?
From: Lepus Rex
Date: 13 Aug 00 - 10:49 PM

leeneia, we agree on something? NO!!! ;)

And yeah, I have some strange hours... I don't go to work until 11AM (noon-2 on mondays...), if that helps explain it.

Ooh, just because I might not get the chance again, let me recomend the album "Deep Polka" on Smithsonian/Folkways. A collection of polka music, and related music, of Wisconsin. It's got Vatra, a Croatian tamburica band, on it, one of my favourite bands. Czech polka on there, too. (Watch in amazement as I bring it back to things Czech!)

---Lepus Rex


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Subject: RE: is there traditional music in Prague?
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 14 Aug 00 - 07:43 PM

I clicked on the link, but all I got was the name of the band and a crest. Maybe it's under construction.

And why not bring the thread back to things Czech? That's where it started.

I will look into this recording. It sounds like the kind of rare and out-of-the-way music I like. When I travel, I always try to buy recordings of the authentic music of the region. I now have traditional music from Iceland, Norway, Scotland, Ireland, and New Zealand. (a friend bought New Zealand on my behalf.)

Msybe next year it will be from middle Europe.


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Subject: RE: is there traditional music in Prague?
From: Lepus Rex
Date: 14 Aug 00 - 10:03 PM

leeneia, click on the crest; it'll take you inside:)

Here's a couple links I found:

Czech folk festivals, with email addresses to the organizers.

This one's pretty similar to the last one...

There's lots more info out there, I'm sure, but that's a start:)

---Lepus Rex


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