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HN1405

Bartók: Improvisations on Hungarian Peasant Songs, Op. 20, Sz. 74

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    1. Composer: Béla Bartók
    2. Editor: László Somfai
    3. Fingering: Dénes Várjon
    4. Instrumentation: Piano
    5. ISMN: 979-020181405-6
    6. Size: 9.3 x 12.2 inches
    7. Pages: 27
    8. Urtext / Critical Edition

    After his 15 Hungarian peasant songs, these Improvisations on Hungarian peasant songs are the second of Bartók'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 Bartók 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.