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tonic scale without half tones and the practice of transposing phrases as an essential part of song structure.
Bibliography and discography
The folk music of some of the Western nations in Eastern Europe is the field that has been so thoroughly studied by Bela Bartok and Zoltan Kodaly, and their publications are to be recommended here although all of them cannot be mentioned. Bartok's Slovenske Vudovne piesne (Brati­slava: Slovakian Academy of Sciences, 1959-) is a monumental collec­tion of Slovak folk song which also shows his method of classifying the songs. Zoltan Kodaly, Folk Music of Hungary (London: Barrie and Rockliff, 1960) is an important discussion. Bartok's Melodien der ruman-ischen Colinde (Vienna: Universal Edition, 1935) includes the melodies of hundreds of Rumanian Christmas carols.
Among the many good readings on Yugoslav folk music, we suggest Bartok and Albert B. Lord, Serbo-Croatian Folk Songs (New York: Columbia University Press, 1951); Albert B. Lord, "Yugoslav Epic Folk Poetry," J-IFMC, III (1951), 57-61; and George Herzog, "The Music of Yugoslav Heroic Epic Folk Poetry," J-IFMC, III (1951), 62-64. Two important discussions of Greek folk music are Solon Michaelides, The Neohellenic Folk-Music (Limassol, Cyprus: Nicosia, 1948) and Rodney Gallop, "Folksongs of Modern Greece," Musical Quarterly, XXI (1935), 89-98. A detailed discussion of one Balkan style is Boris Kremenliev, Bulgarian-Macedonian Folk Music (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1952). Treasured Polish Songs with English Translations, published by Polanie Club, selected by Josepha K. Contoski (Minneapolis: Polanie, 1953) is a collection for practical use, as is Rose Rubin and Michael Still-man, A Russian Song Book (New York: Random House, 1962). Poly­phonic Russian songs are collected in A. Listopadov, Pesni Donskikh Kazakov (Moscow: Musgys, 1949-). Aspects of Caucasian folk music are discussed in Victor Belaiev, "Folk Music of Georgia," Musical Quar­terly, XIX (1933), 417-33. The music of one special ethnic group in the USSR is presented in Bruno Nettl, Cheremis Musical Styles (Blooming-ton: Indiana University Press, 1960).
The following records give samplings of Eastern European folk music: Czech, Slovak and Moravian Folk Songs, Monitor MF 389; Czech Songs and Dances, Apon 2473; Folk Music of Hungary, collected under the auspices of Bela Bartok, Folkways P 1000; Folk Music of Yugoslavia, Folkways 4434; Folk Music of Rumania, collected by Bela Bartok, Folk­ways 419; Folk Dances of Greece, Folkways FE 4467; Folk Music of Greece, Folkways FE 4454; Polish Folk Songs and Dances, Folkways FP 848; and Russian Folk Songs, Vanguard VRS 9023, a recording per­formed by professional interpreters.

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