More important, behaviour that does not fit into the ‘hot-tempered’ stereotype or is caused by something other than the flowers, mountains and ‘ethnic genes’ of nature is downplayed or ignored altogether.
Thus, festival promoters and authors of album booklets often need Romani music to be ‘fiery’, ‘wild’ and ‘passionate’ but very often neglect to mention, let alone describe or analyse, Romani music that is introspective, cerebral, philosophical, calm, meticulously arranged or composed using advanced harmonies.
Not infrequently, even lengthy and detailed descriptions of Romani art or lives (e.g. the work of Marek Jakoubek) reduce an entire group of people to an archetype that is virtually devoid of any real meaning.
People are thus sometimes surprised to learn that a field as formal and institutionalised as Western art (classical) music has been not only suffused with real and imagined Romani themes but also shaped by a large number of Roma in concert attire.