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We should point out, incidentally, that there is a vast body of Christ­mas carols in the Rumanian folk repertory. Bartok collected several hundred tunes, and they seem to be particularly archaic melodies, be­ing short, with forms that do not correspond to the simple line or­ganization of Western European, Czech, or Hungarian songs, but which are irregular not only in the structure of the measures but also in the number of measures and phrases per song.
One might expect the dances of the Balkan countries to be more prone to simple metric schemes; after all, people have two legs and two arms, which lend themselves well to the movement in duple meter; no one has seven feet. Nevertheless, among the five most im­portant folk dances of the Bulgarians, only one is in duple meter.
example 5-5. Rumanian Christmas Carol, from Bela Bart6k, Die Melodien der rumanischen Colinde (Wien: Universal Edition, 1935), p. 43. Re­printed by permission of Boosey and Hawkes, Inc., New York, and Uni­versal Edition, Ltd., London. Copyright 1918 by Universal Edition, renewed 1945. Copyright and renewal assigned to Boosey and Hawkes, Inc., for U.S.A.

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