Rustemul (2ndG) – Romania

Rustem is the Romanian cousin of the Bulgarian Pajduško.  Both are primarily asymmetric rhythms in 5; quick-slow, quick-slow.  In Rustem the accent is on the second, slow beat, giving the music a skipping quality.  Usually a dance is labeled Rustemul plus an identifier, such as Rustemul de la Intoarsa or Rustemul Sucit.  When Mihai David was in the Romanian State Folk Dance Ensemble (1963-65) he learned this performance dance from the Oltenia region, set to a Rustem rhythm.  In 1972 he introduced it to International Folk Dance groups in North America.

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