The most beautiful and the most joyous time of life – that is how the songs on the sixth part of Anthology of Moravian Folk Music sound. The period in question is clearly implied in the title of the album Milostné a svatební písně/Love and Wedding Songs and the thematic scope is suggested by the subtitle Od námluv až po čepení/From Courtship to Coifing Ceremony. Despite the fact that there are not only girls or women singing in the songs of this selection, the overall dramaturgy of the album reflects a female perspective on the topic. The songs essentially suggest many forms of love, then there are melodies to various parts of traditional wedding and in the end (including a humored final bonus) they are dedicated not only to marriage. Here is yet another, the sixth reflection on temporary forms of folk music-making both in large and small Moravian folk regions.
Even this selection keeps to the proven concept of the whole project titled Anthology of Moravian Folk Music. In the …..-page booklet in Czech and English, there is a brief description of the process of courtship and wedding including basic habits, remarks on the origin and music history of selected songs and several medallions, musical ensembles, musicians and singing personalities included on the album. On the fully stacked CD, listeners can find a selection of the most interesting love and wedding songs.
The sixth and seventh selection, just like the previous fifth part (Time of Advent and Christmas), are thematically focused. In contrast, the first four parts of the project are divided according to regions. Also these parts are completed with a legend in the 28 page booklet in Czech and English, outlining the musical history of a particular region. Altogether, they form 400 minutes of listening to contemporary folk recordings. This epic edition of the Anthology of Moravian Folk Music of the beginning of the 21st century is an attempt to introduce the current form of folk music both in large and small Moravian folk regions.
Although there are not only girls or women singing, the selection of songs and the overall dramaturgy of the album reflects a feminine point of view. The songs, as they follow, essentially suggest many forms of love, then there are tunes for various parts of traditional wedding and in the end, including the humored final bonus, they reflect marriage. The introduction belongs to the Kopanice tune in manner of the song Lásko, bože, lásko. Yet, it all starts with love… Since ancient times, people believed in magical power of herbs that could help to find the desired beloved, as they sing in the track No. 2. Parents or “low status” often prevented from reciprocated love of one of the lovers (No. 3), and sometimes, even through the vision of material security, the girl herself refused the union with older partner (No. 4). Unrequited love – the boy doesn’t give up the girl even if she already forgot about him (No. 5), on the contrary, the girl lightheartedly tells everyone that she already has somebody else (No. 6). What is actually going on in a girl’s head before she starts a relationship and embarks on everything that follows? That it is not a big deal to get married, but it is a big deal to know how (No. 7), the most important thing is not to remain an old spinster (No. 8)! So although rich, yet still unmarried woman, she could be a source of ridicule in the village (No. 9). Get married, GET MARRIED! (No. 10)!
With girls’ farewell party songs (No. 11), in a symbolic rendition of mother and daughter of Varmuža family we come to the repertoire related directly to the course of traditional weddings. The Haná region version of the song Čí je to svajbička (No. 13) describes what songs used to accompany the wedding procession upon arrival at the church. In the tragic story (No. 14), the bride, despite the fatal injury of her Janíček, gets married, but the “flock” – march/song with which the wedding procession went to the bride’s house (No. 15), she will not hear unfortunately. Close ties between the mother and daughter during their separation is reflected in the “tesknice”, a nostalgic song from Podluží region (No. 16), in contrast to a mischievous tempo of songs reflecting carrying duvets and the hope chest (No. 17). Neither the rite of passage of the bride’s coifing ceremony (No. 18), nor the wedding reception (No. 19), could do without a predetermined musical and vocal accompaniment. The rustic set of wedding songs (No. 20) encloses the wedding part and in a minimalist form represents a cross-section throughout the old-fashioned peasant wedding.
Tracks 21, 22 and 23 are the intimate personal testimony of women, as only mothers can sing them while their child is falling asleep. The final bonus track (No. 24) humorously confirms the ancient Rome Virgil’s quote OMNIA VINCIT AMOR… On our wedding album, we have also included popular song (No. 12), which have been considered without exaggeration, the most famous Moravian wedding song for decades.
|01 Lásko, bože, lásko||02:00||€ 0.38|
|02 Nasela sem marijánku||02:37||€ 0.38|
|03 Rodinu mám||03:23||€ 0.38|
|04 Aj, nebudu sa vdávat||02:31||€ 0.38|
|05 Budeš, milá, zabývat||05:03||€ 0.38|
|06 Konopja||01:53||€ 0.38|
|07 Sama su já, paní matko, sama||03:06||€ 0.38|
|08 Staropanenské||03:23||€ 0.38|
|09 Neber sobě, můj synečku, pro peníze babu||02:22||€ 0.38|
|10 Na svatbě||03:49||€ 0.38|
|11 Dívčí svícové||03:56||€ 0.38|
|12 Zaspala nevěsta||03:45||€ 0.38|
|13 Čí je to svajbička||00:49||€ 0.38|
|14 V širém poli hruštička||04:09||€ 0.38|
|15 Na to sem k vám, páni muzikanti||02:50||€ 0.38|
|16 Šak mňa máš, mamičko||02:58||€ 0.38|
|17 Rozžíhaj, zazžíhaj||04:52||€ 0.38|
|18 S Pánem Bohem, kamarádky||03:38||€ 0.38|
|19 Aj, lokše, lokše||03:08||€ 0.38|
|20 Svaďbove||06:29||€ 0.38|
|21 Starali sa mamka má||02:16||€ 0.38|
|22 Halí, dítě||02:14||€ 0.38|
|23 Halaj, Katerinko, halaj||02:01||€ 0.38|
|24 A já mám mužíčka dobrého||02:41||€ 0.38|