Ioan Caianu (1629 – 1687) - Codex Caioni (Popular Songs from Transylvania XVII century)




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Published on May 26, 2015

Anca Iarosevici - Viola da Gamba / Discant
Bogdan Mihailescu - Guitar

Remembering our recital at the St. Nicholas Church / Brussels in May, I have to mention, how amazing is Ioan Caianu’s music from Transylvania. After more than 350 years, it sounds so “Romanian” nowadays!
What do you think? Enjoy this music!

Ion Căianu (1629 – 1687) was a Transylvanian Franciscan monk and Roman Catholic priest, musician, folklorist, humanist, constructor and repairer of organs of Romanian origin (according to his own testimony, "Natus valachus sum" - "I was born a Vlach").
Caioni was born in Kiskaján (Căianu Mic), at the time part of the Kingdom of Hungary (now in Bistrița-Năsăud County, Romania). He was raised in Kolozsvár (Cluj-Napoca) and Csíksomlyó (Șumuleu Ciuc). He was of a noble family — Caioni's aunt was the wife of a garrison commander in Csíkszereda (Miercurea Ciuc). Through her connections, he was admitted in the Franciscan monastery of Csíksomlyó.
Caioni studied with the Jesuits in Kolozsvár, and continued his studies in Csíksomlyó. In 1647, he became a monk, and continued his studies in Nagyszombat (Trnava), training in music. He was ordained in 1655. Subsequently, he lived in Csíksomlyó, Gyergyószárhegy (Lăzarea), and Călugăreni (now a village in Eremitu commune, Mureș County). He died in Gyergyószárhegy and was buried, in accordance with his last wish, in an unmarked grave.


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