By Béla Bartók | Arranged for Four Cellos by Luna Pearl Woolf | 7′
Title: Roumanian Folk Dances
Composer: Béla Bartók
Arranged by: Luna Pearl Woolf
Year Composed: 1915/2005
Instrumentation: Four Cellos
Format: Score + Parts
Catalogue Number: OM0116
Printed Edition Price: 25.00 USD
Listen to excerpts of Roumanian Folk Dances:
Part 2 Part 4Part 6
Who’s playing? Matt Haimovitz + Uccello
Hungary’s most celebrated composer, Béla Bartók launched the field of ethnomusicology, and through his fascination with folk musics changed the face of twentieth-century composition. At first prideful, one could say patriotic, of his region’s culture, Bartók ultimately embraced an international world view of folk music’s origins, stripping away layers of prejudices and popularizations and embracing a genuine peasant culture. Bartók’s Roumanian Folk Dances were composed for solo piano in 1915. To this day one of his most popular works, the set of six contrasting pieces based on traditional dances is performed and arranged often.
Luna Pearl Woolf’s new arrangement for four cellos captures the flavor of the dances – Romanian, Arabic, Magyar. Treating the ensemble as a cohesive unit, she worked from the original version for solo piano. Luna uses pizzicato, harmonics, sul ponticello and sul tasto techniques, as well as the bustling energy of tremolos and rhythmic syncopation of the final dance to achieve a range of instrumental effects.
This work is recorded on Oxingale Records’ album Goulash. Click here to go to the album page on iTunes.