Cimpoi (2nd G) – Romania


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  1. I read your description of Cimpoi (never Čimpoi – hacheks were never used in Romanian), and was curious about its classification as a type of brâul/brîul. That last term literally means “belt” in Romanian, and they are either done in that hold or, occasionally, a shoulder hold. I have never seen the term applied to a dance with arm swings, or one not in fast 2/4 (Cimpoi is in 6/8, like other Rustem type dances).

    The cimpoi used by Marin Chisăr is of the south Romanian type. Chisăr was born in the village of Goicea Mare (as in the dance “Trei păzește de la Goicea Mare”, the recording for which he plays), not far from the Danube river. The Transylvanian bagpipe was occasionally similar, but I believe most Transylvanian bagpipes were of the variable drone type, much as in neighboring Hungary. I would love to know if that thpe has been resurrected at all.


    1. You caught me there, John. Thanks! I had written up those notes a few years ago & hadn’t looked closely at them before posting. Not sure where I found a reference linking rustem to brâul. I thought Eliznik had listed rustem as a subset of brâul, but I see they’ve updated recently and brâul and aksak (rustem) are separate, as they are in Giurchescu/Bloland. I’ve made corrections, and will add your second paragraph as a comment.


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