Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Radio Slovakia International Listeners' Competition: Slovak Traditional Music-1st round

In traditional societies singing was a natural part of special festive occasions – and everyday life. These situations conditioned the characteristics of folk singing and in this context a number of song genres appeared. They are diverse with clear-cut forms & styles - all linked to different occasions. At the same time they reflect the thoughts and feelings of the people of traditional societies. They will be the focus of Radio Slovakia International’s new competition, which has 5 rounds, with each round being broadcast in the first weekend of the month. After each round, we will ask you a question. We will then draw a winner from those who sent in the correct answers to each round. The lucky person will receive books, traditionally crafted products, or a CD.

At the end of the competition we will draw the winner of the main prize, which is a week stay for two people at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in Bratislava.

Listen carefully to the first round featuring hay-harvesting songs (at the bottom of the page) and answer  the following  question:

On what occasions are the hay-harvesting folk songs  called “travnice” performed?

Please send your answers by October 2nd to:


or by regular post:

English Section
Radio Slovakia International
Mytna 1, POBOX 55 81755
Bratislava, Slovakia

Good luck!

(Source : Radio Slovakia International)

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