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  1. Does anyone know the original name of the fifth or sixth piece in the rhapsody which starts on two flutes as a lively dance and then progresses to the whole orchestra. I mention this because it appeared on a cassette tape of Greek folk music many years ago and a musicoligist at the time stated that it was evidence enough that the origin of that tune was from the Vlach people. i was not sure then or now that that is evidence enough and it could be a Romanian piece in origin…

    • That’s out of my expertise, but I know of enough instances of American folk music being traced back to English tunes that I don’t see any reason why a tune couldn’t travel from Greece to Romania.

    • Andrew, maybe this link will help you https://folclormuzical.wordpress.com/2013/02/17/rapsodia1/ . Unfortunately the article is in Romanian but you can probably use the translate plugin (if you need help with the translations, I am Romanian). Nonetheless, the article has Youtube and soundclud links for each musical piece that is compared.

      The only Greek piece mentioned in the article is Karotseris, that is compared to “Hora Morii”.

      As a side note, one piece from the Rhapsody is called “Mugur, Mugurel”. Maybe some people here will enjoy this modern symphonic version of the song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7c3l3xpTmU . This song is from the time of the Wallachian uprising of 1821 (led by Tudor Vladimirescu). The Greek Revolution started in the same period .You can say that the Greek revolution started in Moldavia.

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