Fifteen Hungarian Peasant Songs
Fifteen Hungarian Peasant Songs, Sz. 71, BB 79 is a collection of short folk melodies arranged for piano by Hungarian composer Béla Bartók. It was composed between 1914 and 1918.
This collection of pieces consists of fifteen movements, and some of them are put into groups. A typical performance of this work should last between thirteen and fifteen minutes. The movement list is as follows:
- Four Old Tunes
- I. Rubato
- II. Andante - Poco sostenuto - Più andante (Tempo I) - Poco sostenuto - Più andante
- III. Poco rubato - Sostenuto
- IV. Andante
- V. Scherzo. Andante - Sostenuto, poco rubato - Tempo I
- VI. Ballad (Theme with variations). Andante - Più andante - Poco adagio - Più andante - Maestoso
- Old Dance Tunes
- VII. Allegro
- VIII. Allegretto
- IX. Allegretto
- X. L'istesso tempo
- XI. Assai moderato
- XII. Allegretto
- XIII. Poco più vivo - Allegretto
- XIV. Allegro
- XV. Allegro - Più vivo - Poco più meno vivo
Some critics claim Bartók intended the work to be split into two parts: the first one would include the first six movements, and the second one would include the following nine movements. However, such division is not present in the original score.
Notable recordings of this composition include:
|Piano Solo||Record Company||Year of Recording||Format|
|András Schiff||Denon Records / Brilliant Classics||1980||CD|
|Sviatoslav Richter||Parnassus Records||1956||CD|
The 15 songs have all been orchestrated by Nathan Kelly for symphonic orchestra and are frequently performed by orchestras.
- Cummings, Robert. "Hungarian Peasant Songs (15) for piano, Sz. 71, BB 79: Compostition Description". Rovi Corporation Ltd. Retrieved August 16, 2011.
- "Information about the CD 9714 from Denon Records". Santa Clara: Rovi Corporation. 1980. Retrieved July 27, 2011.
- "Sviatoslav Richter Live in the 1950s: Volume Four". Woodstock, CA: Parnassus Classical CDs and Records. Retrieved February 17, 2014.