Honga (LKT)

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“Honga/Hongu/Hangu: A Moldavian line dance in 2/4 time. Also called honge and ange.” Alpert 1996b, p. 58

“The honga was another Moldavian dance. It’s not related to the freylakhs or bulgar. There are very few examples of it in the Jewish repertoire.” Phillips 1996b, p. 178

“‘A Laibediga Honga’... is based on the Kandel’s Orchestra 1925 recording [Polish style]... Whatever sort of dance a honga is, its musical form is very much like the shers transcribed later in this section.” Phillips 1996a, p. 108. (Musical notation and recording references included). 

“...the Moldavian dances hora and hangu (Yiddish: honga, ange), [are] moderate tempo eastern Romanian dance tunes in 4/4 time characterized by 16th-note runs and arpeggios.” Schlesinger, Alpert and Rubin 1989

See Ange.