Bela Bartok: Roumanian Folk Dances

Books | Violin, Piano Accompaniment

Publisher: Universal Edition
Composer: Béla Bartók
Format: Sheet Music | Instrumental Album

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'.

ISBN: 9783702423452
Skill Level: Intermediate-Advanced Explain this
No of pages: 16
Language: English, French, German
Catalogue No: UE8474

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          Scores 9.8 out of 10 based on 6 reviews
          10 out of 10


          Diss GB Violinist
          My music arrived really quickly - very pleased with my purchase.
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          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

          A lovely set of violin pieces featuring some good contrasts. My ten year olds love it.
          Anonymous - (Hastings, United Kingdom)
          A playable edition of these popular violin works by Bartok.
          Anonymous - (Neath, United Kingdom)
          Taken as a complete set, grade 8 plus, but some pieces are technically easier. Rewarding to play, with plenty of contrasting material.
          Anonymous - (Norwich, United Kingdom)

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