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Balázs Árpád: Kuruc Scenes

for tárogató or soprano saxophone and concert band

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Setting: Concert Band
Instrumentation: picc, 4 fl, 2 ob, tárogató/sax s, 12 cl, 2 fg, 4 cor, 4 crnt in Bb, 2 baritone horn in Bb, 2 euf, 6 tr in Bb, 6 trb, tb, tamb mil, gr c, trgl
Series: EMB Concert Band Series
Genre: Band Music
Period: Contemporary Music
Language: Hungarian, English
Grade: 4
Duration: 7'
Length: 32 pages
Format: 23 x 30,2 cm (Bach)
Published: January 2023
Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Editio Musica Budapest
Item number: 15166
Other reference: 15166SET
ISMN: 9790080151662
Árpád Balázs (*1937) composed the first version of the work between 1994 and 1996 for tárogató and concert band. Since this traditional Hungarian instrument is rarely found in ensembles abroad, a soprano saxophone can serve as an alternative solo instrument. The composer uses melodies from the early 18th century, from the age of Rákóczi's war of independence. An ambitious framework is given to the work by the reminiscing, solemnly flowing brass chorus, which is built of the motives of the folk song Oh, Rákóczi, Bercsényi (Hej, Rákóczi, Bercsényi). As a contrast serves then Panna Czinka's ancient ''violin lament''. Following this, in a pierced-work-like fashion, the folk song The dew of green forest (Zöld erdő harmatát) comes in, then, as the culmination of the work, the well-known, wild Kuruc dance of Csínom Palkó appears. In conclusion, Kuruc Pictures is a tastefully constructed, finely harmonised and orchestrated orchestral tableau.
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