The Story of Folk Music

Over the course of history, music has been an intricate part of all cultures that spanned the globe and today one only needs to listen to a few notes or recognise a particular instrument in order to be able to determine the origin of the song he or she is listening to. As traditional music differs from region to region, naturally so do the various type of instruments. Be it violins and cellos, which mainly are attributed to Europe as a place of origin or blow instruments such as flutes that are traditionally associated with native Americans. However, it should be noted that while some instruments are directly linked to certain regions that does not mean that they solely existed there. An example of this is that of the pan flute, which is a musical instrument which is also heavily embedded in Romanian culture, a country which happens to be European.

family-run-folk-music-bandSpeaking of Romania, at present, it is one of the few countries left in Europe that has a significant following of its folk music by the local populace. This type of music is not only still existing but thriving with significant following on both medias such as TV and radio, but also through festivals and online mediums. It should be noted that the folk music that exist here is quite different from region to region. If in the South-East of Romania one notices a somewhat oriental influence, opposite of that in the North-West one gets a more melancholic vibe similar to that of the Hungarian traditional music. This is the perfect example of how cultures have influenced each other over the course of history in more ways than one, be it language, religious rituals or arts which of course includes music.

Music today still represents a means for individuals to express themselves and that is also true for entire cultures. It can be important for folk music to be preserved as sometimes it can tell the story of a people.