Hora Veche – Romania

Hora Veche (pronounced HOH-rah VEH-keh) means “old dance”. That can cover a lot of bases, and in Romania it seems there are lots of artistic creations called Hora Veche. For the ca. 1850 music sometimess called Hora Veche but more properly known as Până când nu te iubeam (Dorule, dorule), see https://folkdancefootnotes.org/music/pana-cand-nu-te-iubeam-hora-veche-ca-1850-romania/. Below are the only two YouTubes I could find of Romanian dancing called Hora Veche.

There are also Romanian music YouTubes of Hora Veche.

Gettin’ pretty jazzy here!
Remind you of Les Paul?

However, among Recreational Folk Dancers worldwide (except in Romania) there is only one Hora Veche.

Hora Veche the dance.

In 2012 Sonia Dion and Cristian Florescu introduced at Stockton a dance they called Hora Veche, using music edited from this recording:

Original title În amintirea lăutarilor “in memory of the Roma fiddlers”.

Ira Weisbrud says Sonia & Cristian choreographed the dance. It has all the hallmarks of a dance created for the Recreational market – beautiful music, several figures flowing seamlessly, repeated, matching the musical phrases – custom made for the recording. I love it! But please don’t call this a Romanian dance – it’s not danced in Romania. I categorize it as 2nd Generation Romanian material.

Hora Veche, was an instant hit. I count 16 YouTubes of recreational groups doing Hora Veche.

Ira Weisbrud teaching in Surrey, BC, Canada
by Serbs somewhere (Canada?)
Kalispell, Montana
Israel
Vienna, Austria
An irreverent version from Boston

For sheet music, see: https://folkdancefootnotes.org/music/hora-veche-sheet-music/

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