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