Monday, January 16, 2017

Rigó Jancsi

A poet is a man who puts up a ladder to a star and climbs it while playing a violin.
~Edmond de Goncourt

Today's music was inspired by a cake:

Rigó Jancsi, photo by Antidiskriminator,
not a cube, but should be

Rigó Jancsi is a traditional Hungarian cube-shaped chocolate sponge cake and chocolate cream pastry. It gained popularity in the former Austria-Hungary and is named after Rigó Jancsi (1858–1927), a famous Hungarian Gypsy (Romani people) violinist who seduced and married Clara Ward, Princess de Caraman-Chimay, the only daughter of American millionaire E. B. Ward and the wife of Belgian Prince de Caraman-Chimay. [Wikipedia]

I couldn't find any videos of Rigó playing violin, but I did find this photo of him and Clara...don't they look sassy?

Clara Ward and her second husband, Rigó Jancsi,
from a photograph on a German postcard from about 1905

Here's how to make the cake.

Lastly, Hungarian Gypsy (Roma) music in honor of Rigó:

P.S. Rigó was the second of Clara's FOUR husbands. "The idyll was not to last, Rigó being unfaithful to her. They were divorced fairly soon after their marriage, either shortly before or after Ward met her next love, one Peppino Ricciardo, sometimes stated to have been Spanish, but who was most likely Italian. He is believed to have been a waiter whom she met on a train." Clara died at age 43. Wow, she was a corker!

1 comment:

HWY said...

In the photo, he certainly looks the part of the dashing gypsy lover and she looks like she wouldn't take any stuff from anyone.

Reading her history is fascinating. She definitely was a corker!

The music is really nice, too.