On "Megy a gőzös"


On "Megy a gőzös" - (2024)    


The simple tune is a Hungarian children's song for a dance. The short lyric reads:  "Megy a gőzös, megy a gőzös Kanizsára. / Kanizsai, kanizsai állomásra. / Elöl ül a masiniszta, / Hátul meg a krumplifejű palacsinta. / A nagypapám Nagykanizsán lakik nékem. / Masiniszta bácsi nagyon szépen kérem, / vigyen engem el hozzája, / én vagyok a legkedvesebb unokája." 


A rather humorous little image, "The steam engine goes to Kanizsa, to Kanizsa Station. The engine-driver sits in front, the potato pancakes sit in back." A different alternative lyric asks the engineer to take us to grandfather. Nagykanizsa is a town in soiuthwest Hungary. So the imagery of this explains the musical gestures at measure 23 and beyond, as well as the ritardandi.


3 pages, circa 3' 00" - an MP3 demo is here: 


The score is available as a free PDF download, though any major commercial performance or recording of the work is prohibited without prior arrangement with the composer. Click on the graphic below for this score and parts.


On "Megy a gőzös"