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2 Rumanian Dances, Op. 8a


By Bela Bartok

(1909-1910). Composed by Bela Bartok (1881-1945). 20th Century. EMB. Classical. Book Only. Op. 8/a. 20 pages. Editio Musica Budapest #Z60. Published by Editio Musica Budapest (HL.50511470).

Item Number: HL.50511470

ISBN 9790080000601. 9x12 inches. Hungarian, English, German.

Bartok wrote the first dance around the time of the Romanian movements of the 'Seven Sketches', after his first trip collecting Romanian folk music in July-August 1909. The second dance is the fruit of March the following year, and it was only after some time he decided they should be published as a pair. From the beginning, audiences were impressed by the first dance, in the composer's peculiar performance, with its initial drumming, and its driving rhythms. If less popular, compositionally the second dance is more original. He parades and varies his material in a chain form, and this too is reminiscent of the dances heard in the playing of Romanian Transylvanian villagemusicians, which in his scholarly work Bartok called 'motive dances.'
(HCD 32525 Bartok New Series Vol. 25, Laszlo Somfai).

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  • March 25, 2012 A great work

    These two dances are much less famous than the later set that Bartok wrote, with little reason. They are great (very difficult) pieces that are really invaluable if you want a comprehensive study of Bartok. The edition is great. The only discrepancy (and it seems like every version has something...

    different) is the set-up of some notes in the middle section.

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