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While the music that developed in Hungary during the 18th century was originally performed by solo bagpipers, that role was gradually usurped by gypsy orchestras; inspired by the harmonies of the central European string bands, the gypsies' fame quickly spread, becoming something of a universal symbol representing the whole of Hungarian musical culture. Ironically enough, the music of the gypsy bands is not indigenous to their culture; true gypsy folk music uses virtually no instrumentation -- instead, the improvised songs are accompanied by rhythmic grunts. Because the urban gypsy bands play exclusively for non-gypsy audiences, few even know the true music of their own culture; as a result, gypsy folk is primarily confined to amateur musicians.

Gypsy Artists Highlights

Django Reinhardt
Django Reinhardt

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Gypsy Album Highlights

In Solitaire: Complete Recordings for Solo Guitar
Django Reinhardt
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Peche à la Mouche
Django Reinhardt
Peche à la Mouche
Quintette du Hot Club de France: 25 Classics 1934-1940
Django Reinhardt
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With His American Friends
Django Reinhardt
With His American Friends
Djangology [Capitol]
Django Reinhardt
Djangology [Capitol]
Djangologie/USA, Vols. 1-7
Django Reinhardt
Djangologie/USA, Vols. 1-7

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Gypsy Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
I'll Never Smile Again Django Reinhardt
Limehouse Blues Stéphane Grappelli / Django Reinhardt
Bugle Call Rag Django Reinhardt / Dicky Wells
Folie à Amphion Django Reinhardt
Dinah Django Reinhardt
Festival Swing Django Reinhardt
Oh Lady, Be Good Django Reinhardt
Double Whisky Django Reinhardt

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