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Fifteen Hungarian Peasant Songs, Sz. 71, BB 79 No. 1-12 (Bartok), 14.37

Fifteen Hungarian Peasant Songs, Sz. 71, BB 79 (orch. Aug. 2008) was a collection of short folk melodies, some are put into groups such as Four Old Tunes and Old Dance Tunes for solo piano by Hungarian nationalist composer Bela Bartòk composed between 1914 and 1918.  Some music critics argue this collection is actually two different sets of music that Bartok intended to separate, but to date this collection of music remains as a single unified set.  

This orchestration of all fifteen peasant songs, uses as many colors and textures and variety as the original works for piano themselves.  Furthermore, all harmonizations, counterlines, melodies and nuances of articulation, tempo and dynamics have been retained towards honoring all the markings by one of the greatest (and my favorite composers) of the twentieth century.

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