Concert: “Romania. 100 minutes”. Performing: the “Trei parale” Group

On Sunday, December 9th, 19:00, the Suțu Palace is hosting the concert „Romania. 100 minutes” by the „Trei parale” group. You are invited on a musical trip through Romania of the 1900s, from Nistru to Tisa and from Maramures to the Danube – this is the group’s proposal for this year’s edition of Bucharest Early Music Festival.


Până când nu te iubeam
Două dansuri muntenești
Gruia lui Novac
Vară, vară primăvară
Ce cați mândro pe Muscel
Leliță Cârciumăreasă și Lung îi drumu Gorjului
Pe picior
Zicala după cimpoi
Învârtita și Hațegana
De botă și Cimpoiască din Bicaz
Hei tu mândriorule și Bărbătescul
Paharel cu florișele
Bătrâneasca de la Gura Putnei
Hora boierească de le Săveni
Două hore de la Săveni
Hai, bărbate, la băut și Colacul
Hore de la Paltin
Ah! A mea iubită floare și Geamparaua de la Dăeni
Sârba Amara și Arză-l focu dascăl
Lume, lume
Sârba lui Pompieru
Hora Șapte scări


Florin Iordan: kobsa, bagpipe, no plug shepherd’s pipe, long shepherd’s pipe, percussion cello
Daniel Pop: vocals, shepherd’s pipe, tilincă, jew’s harp, tambourine
Mihai Balabaș: violin
Beatrice Iordan: kobsa, vocals, zongora, small double bass

The Great Union brought together regions with different histories but where the Romanian people had managed to keep their culture and build a national identity. Their traditional music, although marked by significant local particularities, presents fundamental shared features, being like a beautiful ramification of a common tree. On the occasion of the Centenary, the concert wishes to highlight this “unity in diversity” of the Romanian folklore.

The concert’s repertoire was prepared using old collections of folklore from the beginning of the 20th century, gathered by Constantin Brăiloiu, Tiberiu Brediceanu, Béla Bartók, Dimitrie Vulpian. The group will present on stage an amazing variety of instruments: pipes of all kinds (regular pipe, twin pipe, no plug pipe, long pipe), jew’s harp, bagpipe (two kinds), zither, percussion cello, accompanied by kobsa, violin, double bass, various traditional percussion instruments (tambourine, drum, big drum with cymbal). The performance will touch on a couple of essential points of Romanian traditional culture: the doina and The Ewe, the traditional singing style in Oaș Country, the balad of Iancu Jianu, the party songs of Bessarabia and love songs. The program brings together music from all historical provinces which united during the Great Union: Mărginimea Sibiului, Țara Vrancei, Ținutul Buzăului, Alba, Arad, Tulcea, Neamț, Muscel, Olt andi Romanați, Suceava, Botoșani, Teleorman, Cluj, Strășeni, Edineț, Cahul (today in the Republic of Moldova), but also from outside the borders (the music of Romanians from Timok-Serbia and Transnistria).

The music performed at the concert will be accompanied by explanations and stories told by Florin Iordan, researcher at the National Museum of the Romanian Peasant, interpreter and coordinator of „Trei Parale”.


„Trei Parale” group is unique on the Romanian musical scene. Through its thoroughly serious, ethnomusicologic approach of music largely forgotten, or transformed throughout time in something compeltely different, the group manages to situate itself in an area wich attracts a diverse public, from professionals to amateurs of exotic curiosities.

The founder and lider of this project is Florin Iordan, researcher at the National Museum of the Romanian Peasant. He is the one who gave the group its current trajectory, a trajectory which implies a thorough research of written resources from the past, of audio recordings on Edison wax cilinders or of other materials, and even a lot of field research which represents the basis of every Trei Parale concert.

The group’s activity is rich and diverse and includes performances in mediaeval festivals of early music or theater, both in Romania and abroad. Furthermore, the artists were invited as guests in numerous TV shows and feature on the soundtrack of film such as The Story of Bucur (dir. Aurelia Mihai, Germany, 2009), Chira Chiralina (dir. Dan Pița, Romania, 2014) and Aferim! (dir. Radu Jure, Romania, 2015).

Free entrance based on reservations at: 

The event is organised by the Bucharest Municipality Museum – the Sutu Palace and Bucharest Early Music Festival.