Category:   SSAA CHOIRS
Composer:   Zoltan Kodaly
Arranger:   NA
Publisher:   Universal Edition
Edition:   UE 8479b
Voicing:   SSAA
Setting:   A Cappella


Angela Mitchell
Stillwater Area Schools
R&R Chair SSAA Choirs

“Turot eszik a cigany” is an arrangment of a Hungarian folksong. This exciting piece is in ABA form. The A section is a whirlwind of spinning melodies over a drum-like vocal accompaniment by the altos. The B section is a dramatic change of mood, more peaceful with lush homophonic chord structures.

Performing the piece in the original language is not as difficult as it may first present. Altos have a repeated phrase throughout much of the A section and the sopranos will find the four lines of text in the A section manageable after just a few rehearsals. Students will enjoy the literal translation of the piece: “See the gypsies eating cheese and after that becoming quarrelsome, they even say they will slap me and their grandfather!”