Romanian gypsy musicians et al. in Romania - in the middle of 1927

from Unfinished Journey, page 80:

One night we heard the gypsies entertaining the diners in an open-air tavern. It astonished me that they could fetch such extraordinary sounds from primitive instruments, using bows that were saplings strung with unbleached horsehair. At my urging, Aba made arrangements to have them visit our pension, where we matched nature against nature, they playing a repertoire as raw as bird calls, I playing the polished equivalent, Tartini’s Devil’s Trill Sonata. Their leader gave me baskets of wild strawberries; I gave him one of my three new gold-mounted Sartory bows.
cite as

Yehudi Menuhin, Unfinished Journey (London, April, 1977), p. 80. accessed: 14 June, 2024

location of experience: Romania


Romanian gypsy musicians
Travelling musicians
Yehudi Menuhin
Violinist, Conducting

Listening to

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Devil's Trill Sonata performed by Yehudi Menuhin
Romanian gypsy fiddle music performed by Romanian gypsy muscians

Experience Information

Date/Time in the middle of 1927
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors, outdoors, in public

Originally submitted by tlisboa on Wed, 03 Sep 2014 17:46:11 +0100
Approved on Wed, 24 Feb 2016 14:38:01 +0000