Recording Release – Bartok’s Romanian Folk Dances

Bartok’s Romanian Folk Dances

I have another upcoming recording release to share with everyone – along with pianist and USC Thornton Opera Music Director Brent McMunn, I recently recorded Béla Bartók’s Romanian Folk Dances – a suite of six short pieces for violin and piano composed in 1915. The recording will be released on July 15, 2013.

Bartok's Romanian Folk Dances

The first bars of Bartók’s Romanian Folk Dances.

Along with Liszt, Béla Bartók is Hungary’s most famous composer and of the 20th century’s most influential composers. He was inspired by his study of folk music from his native Hungary and surrounding countries like Romania, and his use of traditional music styles in his own compositions has made him well ahead of his time in the field of ethnomusicology. Bartok’s Romanian Folk Dances is a perfect example of the composer’s interest in folk music of Eastern Europe.

I’d love it if you’d download the recording on July 15, but in the meantime, here’s a YouTube video from a recording of the composer’s Hungarian Folksongs I did a couple of years ago. Enjoy!

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