Words by Jane Cassidy
Musik by Andy Irvine
“Romanian Song (Blood and Gold)”, based on a Romanian song collected by Béla Bartók, re-written by Irvine and Jane Cassidy and set to the music of a Bulgarian dance tune in the ‘paidushka’ rhythm of 5/16; the song then segues into “Paidushko Horo”, an extensive collection of musical phrases borrowed from Bulgarian dance tunes in the same rhythm and performed at breakneck speed.
“Many years ago I heard in Macedonia a great song, but did not understand the text. Some time later I came across a Romanian song that was recorded Béla Bartok, who was himself a Hungarian. Jane Cassidy designed this text for a translation and so here we have the result of a pan-European collaboration.”