Bela Bartok: Roumanian Folk Dances

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Media: Sheet Music
Arrangement: Violin, Piano Accompaniment (VLN/PFA)
Skill Level: Intermediate/Advanced - Explain this
Composer: Bela Bartok
Catalogue #: UE8474
ISBN: 9783702423452


The 'Romanian Folk Dances' undoubtedly rank amongst Bartók's most popular compositions. The earliest version is scored for piano (1915) and was published by Universal Edition in 1918. The composer himself orchestrated this version in 1917. Several other chamber music arrangements (for example, Zoltán Székely's version for violin and piano) were not by Bartók, although he authorised them.

The musical material derives from Bartók's collections of folk music, which date right back to 1904, when he wrote down a melody sung by a Hungarian peasant girl. In the course of extensive travels throughout Eastern Europe, Bartók compiled an enormous collection of folk tunes (by 1918 his collection comprised no fewer than 2700 Hungarian, 3500 Romanian and 3000 Slovak dances and songs) which would in all probability have been lost had Bartók not written them down. As it was, some of them found their way into his compositions. In 1908 Bartók jotted down dance tunes in Transsylvania. They are the source of the 'Romanian Folk Dances'.

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Roumanian Folk Dances

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Scores 9.8 out of 10 based on 4 reviews
10 out of 10


Diss GB Violinist
My music arrived really quickly - very pleased with my purchase.
Reviewer left no comment
Confirmed purchase: 19 September 2016
Published on: 06 October 2016
9 out of 10


Chelmsford Essex GB
This is a very exciting piece, with Bartok's clever mixture of spicy discords, repetitive rhythms and very expressive passages. Going back to my youth he was thought beyond the pale (pail?) for his disregard of contemporary harmonies.
It is a quite hard to play, but I knew that before I bought it. I am not really sure whether I am rating Bartok's work or your printing and delivery of it?
Confirmed purchase: 04 April 2016
Published on: 18 April 2016
10 out of 10


Durham GB
Bought for a student who is enjoying Bartok's style of music.
Reviewer left no comment
Confirmed purchase: 09 January 2015
Published on: 01 February 2015

Musicroom Reviews

Rating Review
Customer Rating A lovely set of violin pieces featuring some good contrasts. My ten year olds love it.

Customer Rating A playable edition of these popular violin works by Bartok.
See more reviews by denmark - (Neath, United Kingdom)

Customer Rating Taken as a complete set, grade 8 plus, but some pieces are technically easier.
Rewarding to play, with plenty of contrasting material.

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Sales Rank: Not specified
Published on: Not specified
Format: Instrumental Work
Length: 16 pages
Language: English, French, German
Publisher: Universal

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