A Tápió mente népviselete I. (Book on folk costumes)
The 15th stage of the project to protect the cultural heritage and values of the Tápió region was the publication of the book ‘A Tápió mente népviselete I’. Again, this publication fills a gap, as there have been no other publications, apart from the monograph ‘A Tápió mente néprajza I-II.’ published in 1985, which compiled and presented the local folk costumes broken down by settlement. The folk costumes of the villages of Mende, Sülysáp (previously two villages, Tápiósáp and Tápiósüly), Tápióság, Tápiószecső, and Úri are still to be found and have not been forgotten despite the rise of urbanization and the proximity of the capital, Budapest. With the help of 475 photographs, the folk costumes worn in certain eras, during certain festivals or on special occasions are presented in the most accurate details categorized by sex and village from the early 20th century to present. When turning the pages of this book, not only do we learn whether or not the Tápió region had its own set of folk costumes, we can also establish the distinct folk costume varieties among certain villages regarding the frequency of the clothes worn, their cutting, their length and many other aspects. As a continuation of the book, the folk costumes of other 16 villages will also be presented – studying and researching them, however, is rather time consuming.
By publishing this book, local folk costumes can now be interpreted and explored by anyone, thus local folk dance groups have the opportunity to stage our dances and sing our folk songs while properly dressed in folk costumes; the book has become the literature to the appropriate background to properly stage performances.
The publication was released in 2015 by Szivárvány Alapítvány, Tápiószentmárton.
Written by: József Terék
100 év 1000 népdal a Tápió mentén Könyv 2014 (Folk song book)
The 10th stage of the project to protect the cultural heritage and values of the Tápió region was the publication of the folk song book ’100 év 1000 népdal a Tápió mentén’. No previous useful and academic publications have existed to summarize the folk songs from the 21 settlements in the Tápió region. Zoltán Kodály, Béla Bartók, Jenő Ádám, Mária Schöller, Antal Békefi, György Kerényi, Bálint Sárosi, György Martin, Katalin Lázár, János Manga, József Terék and many others researched this unmatched treasure trove of folk songs of this region. The collection and compilation of songs performed by 360 participants have finally been carried out, in 110 years, with the publication of this book and its DVD-ROM attachment as a learning tool. Upon its publication, learning our folk songs has now become available for anyone. Dr. Katalin Lázár, a research fellow at MTA BTK Institute for Musicology and, at the same time, the last scientific researcher of the region in 1981, revised the publication. Nursery rhymes, children songs, games, commemorative and work songs, other songs not connected to any occasion, folk songs of minorities, instrumentals notations can all be found in the 866-song publication – frequently the same melodies are repeated but with small variations in harmony depending on the location (different villages, different melodies). As a result of the collection and compilation project, approximately 1,250 folk songs are now included in the database under the heading ‘Tápió folk song.’ The publication was released in the last hour, when participants – singers and musicians alike – were still to be found, thus by their help the publication became more authentic.
The book was published in 2014 by Szivárvány Alapítvány, Tápiószentmárton.
Edited by József Terék
A Tápió mente zenekarai a XX. században (Book on music bands)
The 13th stage of the project to protect the cultural heritage and values of the Tápió region was the publication of the book ‘A Tápió mente zenekarai a XX. században’. This publication fills a gap by introducing the folk music bands, gypsy bands and brass bands found in the 21 villages for further studies. On 350 photographs there are over 600 musicians portrayed in the book broken down by village. A region rich in musical history is introduced where all musicians portrayed, be they in large brass bands or in gypsy bands performing in fancy uniforms, have been recognized and identified by the elders of the villages who still remember the unparalleled band history of the region. In most cases, these musicians were from the locality, and played music after work for fun, but many of them at a professional level. All these memories are now almost gone, but with the help of this book the past begins anew for all, and in this past the bands of the Tápió region take their rightful place in the 20th century.
The publication was released in 2014 by Szivárvány Alapítvány, Tápiószentmárton.
Written by: József Terék