VerbunkosIn the 19th century, verbunkos was themost popular style in Hungary.This consisted of a slow dance followedby a faster dance; this dichotomy, betweenthe slower and faster dances, has been seen as the two contrasting aspects ofthe Hungarian character.
Verbunkos was originally played at recruitmentceremonies to convince young men to join thearmy, and was performed, as in so much ofHungarian music, by Roma bands.
„dance house”‘Táncház’ is a dance music movementwhich first appeared in the 1970s as areaction against state-supportedhomogenized folk music.
Famous instrumentalistsMany of the biggest names in modernHungarian music emerged from the‘Táncház’ scene, including MuzsikásEnsemble and a famous Hungarian singerMárta Sebestyén.
Márta SebestyénShe is known foradaptations of Somogyand Erdély folk songs,some of which appear inDeep Forest’s Bohemealbum, which receivedthe Grammy Award forBest World Music Album in 1996.
Csárdás‘Csárdás’ is a verypopular Hungarianfolk dance thatcomes in many regional varieties, and is characterized by changes in tempo.
“salterio”Every country named in english region “the instrument hammered dulcimer”,differently: in Germainregion “Hackbrett”, in french region “tympanon”, in italian and spanish region “salterio” and in the hungarian language “cimbalom”.
So Ferenc Erkel - who was the founder ofthe Hungarian opera - used the cimbalomthe first time in the Hungarian classicalmusic. This opera “Bánk bán” had hispremier in 1861.
Béla BartókBéla Bartók observed that Hungarian "peasant music"use isometric (with an even number of structures) stophe structure and certain pentatonic (five tone) formations,along with a liking for tempo giusto (rhythm consistingchiefly of equal values).
Bartók studied over 300 melodies, and noted that more modern tunes used for dancing featured pentatonic turns withThese features frequent leaps in fourths.jointly may beconsidered asaltogether typical,and differentiate"Hungarianpeasant music"from that of anyother nation.
Hungarian rock giantsThe three giants of Hungarian rock, Illés, Metró and Omega, remain very popular,especially Omega, which has followingsin Germany and beyond as well as inHungary.
MEGASTARSIn recent times, talent shows have become a notablegenre of reality television, such as Idol, Got Talent and The X Factor.