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Bartók Béla: Improvisations on Hungarian Peasant Songs

Urtext Edition

Op. 20
Edited by Somfai László
Setting: Piano
Series: Separate Editions from the Bartók Critical Edition
Period: 20th Century
Length: 36 pages
Weight: 0.156 kg
Publisher: G. Henle Verlag
Item number: HN1405
ISMN: 9790201814056
After his 15 Hungarian peasant songs (HN 1404), these Improvisations on Hungarian peasant songs are the second of Bartˇk's works to feature the words ''Hungarian peasant songs'' in their title. The manner in which he confronts folk melodies with subtle, avant-garde sounds here was later described by Bartˇk himself as venturing to ''the outermost limits''. He also breaks up the song structures so radically into their constituent motives that the title ''improvisations'' best conveys his approach to this folk music. The musical text of this Urtext edition, edited by Bartˇk expert Lßszlˇ Somfai, is taken from the relevant volume of the Bartˇk Complete Edition. Comments at the close of this edition offer important hints on performance practice.

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