Sunday, May 21, 2006

Bela Bartok (1881-1945)

The Hungarian composer Bela Bartok the first to successfully combine Western classical music- his influences range from Brahms to Debussy to Schoenberg- with folk music from around the world, creating a very unique, rhythmic style. He wrote this in 1937, with himself and his second wife in mind to play the piano parts. The very dark mood of the first movement is juxtaposed with the bright and bouncy third movement, where the xylophone has a major role and where folk influences are most clear. The piece is very accessible for a Bartok, especially when compared to some of his seemingly impenetrable 12-tone works.

Bela Bartok: Sonata for 2 pianos and Percussion
John Simms, James Avery, Pianos
Thomas L. Davis, Percussion


At May 22, 2006, Blogger marxbert said...

thank you. bartok's use of percussion foreshadowed the works of varese and others who developed the percussion chamber ensemble...

have you heard Bartok's "The Wooden Prince?" it came to me on the highest recommendations, and I was not of my favorite works of Bartok to date...

At May 25, 2006, Blogger Bruckovsky said...

Formidable blog.

You can find also some classical music in my blog:

Salutations from Barcelona (Spain)


At June 21, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey sam, the link is down....can we get it back up maybe???

At August 04, 2006, Anonymous M├írcio T. Silva said...


I'm a brazilian Classical maniac!
I'm always here in your blog.
Can you link again "Bela Bartok: Sonata for 2 pianos and Percussion"?
Thanx for the great linx!


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