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Romanian Folk Dances

for Clarinet and Piano

By Bela Bartok

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For clarinet and piano - 4-5
For Clarinet and Piano. Composed by Bela Bartok (1881-1945). Arranged by Kalman Berkes and Zoltan Szekely. Sheet music. Boosey & Hawkes Chamber Music. Classical. Boosey & Hawkes #UE11679. Published by Boosey & Hawkes (HL.48019998).

Item Number: HL.48019998

ISBN 9783702420611. 9x12 inches.

The 'Roumanian Folk Dances' for piano were one outcome of Bela Bartok's intensive preoccupation with the folk music of Southeastern Europe. The present composition, dating from 1915, is just one of several similar works from this period in Bartok's life. The pieces are based on authentic folk melodies which Bartok himself wrote down in Roumania, adding his own harmonies. He subsequently arranged the pieces for chamber orchestra (1917), and soon after this Zoltan Szekely arranged them for violin and piano with the composer's consent.
It is on this latter version that the present arrangement for clarinet and piano is based. There can be few other instruments which so aptly convey the bucolic character intrinsic to this music than the clarinet.

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