Haiduceasca

Knowing how much my students like to watch piano video tutorials, I thought I'd share a unique one that was posted on a new music community site recently. "Haiduceasca" is a traditional song form from Bessarabia (Moldova/Romania) and is translated here as "Outlawry Song." 

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The 'flame' effect is especially attractive... 

Below seems to be the exact inspiration for the piano arrangement (even the same tonal center): 

As one can imagine, many different recordings and interpretations of Haiduceasca can be found, many in a free, unmetered form. The signifiers "Doina" or "Balada" in the examples below seem to distinguish these examples from the dance song above. 

Performed on shepherd's flute: 

And on cimbalom by Toni Iordache: 

I also found this notated example, though of a substantially different melody:

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