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date: 28 May 2020

Domokos, Pál Péterlocked

  • Maria Domokos


(b Csíkvárdotfalva, June 28, 1901; d Budapest, Feb 18, 1992). Hungarian musicologist and folklorist. After taking a diploma in 1919 as a schoolmaster and music teacher in Csíksomlyó (now Şumuleu), he studied music and sciences at the Budapest Teachers' Training College (graduated 1926) and then worked as a music teacher and choirmaster in Csíkszereda (now Miercurea-Ciuc) from 1926 to 1929. Between 1926 and 1940 he played an important role in the cultural life of the Hungarian minority in Romania: he founded a newspaper, initiated a movement to revive popular customs and organized choral festivals to perform Kodály's works. Subsequently he was the principal of the teachers' college in Cluj (1940–44), taking the doctorate in 1943 at Cluj University. In 1944 he moved to Budapest.

Domokos began his research with pioneering fieldwork in Moldavia (1929, 1932), where he collected folksongs among the Csángó-Magyars, and in Bukovina (...

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