ABSTRACT. Zlateva remarks that in Banat the songs have four melodic lines, with the main cadence after the second, on the subtonic. Beissinger contends that Romanian epic songs range from approximately 150 to 400 lines. Leytes witnesses significant and surprising similarities in Enescu and Gershwin concepts about the importance of national folk music. Mellish observes that the period of Rusalii was a liminal period in villagers' lives as during normal relationships within the village were suspended and certain work interdictions applied.

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