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Festival Audio: Hungarian Cimbalom (Hammered Dulcimer)

Fazakas Albert performs on the cymbalom at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Photo courtesy of the Ralph Rinzler Archives, Smithsonian Institution.[/

Fazakas Albert performs on the cimbalom at the 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Photo courtesy of the Ralph Rinzler Archives, Smithsonian Institution.

This installment of our Festival Audio series features musicians from the Heveder Folk Music Ensemble who are appearing at this year’s Hungarian Heritage program.

The cimbalom is a type of hammered dulcimer prominent in Hungarian folk music. It’s classified as a chordophone, though it is percussive in nature, as the musician hammers the strings with a set of mallets.

Fazakas Albert is featured on the instrument in this track, which was recorded on July 3, 2013 at the Heritage House at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Enjoy!

Festival Audio – Hungarian Cimbalom (Hammered Dulcimer)

 

Comments
  • Vucic Zsigmond

    The name of the musician is wrong. The musician on the picutre is Fazakas Albert (Heveder Band).

    BR

    • Toby Dodds

      Thanks Vucic. I’ve updated the post. All the best. Toby

  • Faith Campbell

    more cimbalom music! include the other player – who was fantastic!