This is a new edition of Béla Bartók’s Romanian Folk Dances in its original scoring for Solo Piano. With fascinating background notes and unique imagery, this publication is essential for pianists interested in the work of the Hungarian composer.
When Bartók was just 23 years old, he visited the Transylvanian town of Gerlicepuszta. Overhearing a lullaby sung by a teenage servant girl named Lidi Dósa, he quizzed her about it and noted it down. This was the beginning of a passion for folk music that would go on to change the course of the composer's life and work, while initiating the field of ethnomusicology.
Romanian Folk Dances remains one of Bartók's most popular and enduring works, evoking the folk melodies combined with his own idiosyncratic harmonies and textures. Each of the six short pieces here is based on a traditional melody which Bartók penned during his travels.
Newly and beautifully engraved, the notation includes fingering guidance throughout, while a specially-written introduction tells the story of the young composer and the intriguing backstory of this work.
- Stick Dance - Joc cu bâtă
- Waistband Dance - Brâul
- In One Spot - Pe loc
- Dance From Butschum - Horn Dance - Buciumeana
- Romanian Polka - Poargă Românească
- Fast Dance - Mărunțel