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Bartók Béla: 15 Hungarian Peasant Songs

Urtext edition

Edited by Somfai László
Setting: Piano
Series: Separate Editions from the Bartók Critical Edition
Period: 20th Century
Length: 32 pages
Weight: 0.142 kg
Publisher: G. Henle Verlag
Item number: HN1404
ISMN: 9790201814049
"In a note for the planned first edition of his Hungarian Peasant Songs in 1914, Bartˇk wrote that ''the melodies published here are folksongs in the truest sense of the word more precisely, peasant songs''. Bartˇk initially withdrew this work from publication, however, and added new pieces to it using folk music he had collected in the meantime. The first edition was only finally published in 1920. The Bartˇk scholar Lßszlˇ Somfai explains the work's complicated genesis in his preface. The comments at the close of this edition include important indications regarding performance practice derived from the two recordings that the composer made of several of its pieces in 1927 and 1936. The musical text here follows that of the corresponding volume of the Bartˇk Complete Edition that is currently in preparation. This is yet another highly popular Bartˇk work on offer from G. Henle Publishers!"

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