Magazine article Czech Music

Musica Folklorica: Spal Bych, Zena Mi Neda

Magazine article Czech Music

Musica Folklorica: Spal Bych, Zena Mi Neda

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Musica Folklorica

Spal bych, zena mi neda

Text: Czech. Recorded: 2010 -2011. Released: 2011. DDD. CD Indies Scope MAM 502-2.

Hot on the heels of the Anthology of Moravian Folk Music, at the end of last year the Brno-based label Indies Scope released an album of "titillating" songs. The CD is not a mere appendix but a fully-fledged project, comprising a selection of little-known songs from Hornacko, a region in the south-east of the Czech Republic. Today, we primarily know Moravian folk melodiousness from the morally filtered collection put together by the Roman Catholic priest Frantisek Susil. Hence, the project of the superlative ensemble Musica Folklorica, featuring a selection of more or less erotic (some may even brand them pornographic) songs, is a fundamental accomplishment, one indicating the musical wealth of another layer of Moravian culture. The songs are at times downright bawdy, while in the case of the titular song Spa? bych, spal bych, iena mi neda (I want to sleep but my wife won't let me), it would indeed perhaps be possible to use the adjective "pornographic". …

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