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Béla Bartók: Hungarian Peasant Songs

  • for orchestra
  • 2 2 2 2 - 2 2 2 1 - timp, hp, str
  • Duration: 9’
  • Instrumentation details:
    1st flute
    2nd flute (+picc)
    1st oboe
    2nd oboe (+c.a)
    1st clarinet in Bb (+cl(A))
    2nd clarinet in Bb (+cl(A)
    bass cl(Bb)
    bass cl(A))
    1st bassoon
    2nd bassoon
    1st horn in F
    2nd horn in F
    1st trumpet in C
    2nd trumpet in C
    1st trombone
    2nd trombone
    bass tuba
    timpani (+b.d)
    violin I
    violin II
  • Composer: Béla Bartók
  • Table of contents:
    Ballade/Ballad (3')
    Ungarische Bauerntänze/Hungarian Peasant Dances (6')
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Béla Bartók: Hungarian Peasant Songs for orchestra | UE14496

  • Edition type: score
  • Edition info: Orchestra material on hire
  • Format: 23.2 × 30.5 cm
  • ISBN: 978-3-7024-1170-1
  • ISMN: 979-0-008-01971-5
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In the early 1930s, Bartók resolved to compose some orchestra pieces which would be easy to play and thus could be performed more often than his other demanding, musically and technically difficult scores. So in 1933 he returned to his "Fifteen Hungarian Peasant Songs" for piano (1914-1918), nine of which he orchestrated and called "Hungarian Peasant Songs", intending to make the prettiest folk melodies he had collected at the beginning of the century accessible to a larger audience.

Sample Pages


  • Ballade/Ballad (3')
  • Ungarische Bauerntänze/Hungarian Peasant Dances (6')

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