Romanian Folk Dances - Béla Bartók

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Romanian Folk Dances Sz. 56, BB 68 by Béla Bartók (1915)

I. Bot tánc / Jocul cu bâtă (Stick Dance)
II. Brâul (Sash Dance)
III. Topogó / Pe loc (In One Spot)
IV. Bucsumí tánc / Buciumeana (Dance from Bucsum)
V. Román polka / Poarga Românească (Romanian Polka)
VI. Aprózó / Mărunțel (Fast Dance)

These dances are based on seven Romanian tunes from Transylvania, originally played on fiddle or shepherd's flute, and this one of a kind recording by Justin Bird veers closer than ever to the original field recordings collected by Bartok that inspired this composition. (youtu.be/MhCoDIiWtzw)

Recorded, Mixed, and Mastered by Justin Bird
Cover Art: Béla Bartók collecting folk songs with phonograph from Slovakian peasants in Zobordarázs, 1907

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released January 31, 2017

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Justin Bird Omaha, Nebraska

Justin Bird is an award-winning classical pianist, teacher, tuner, collaborator, and arranger from New Zealand. His fresh interpretations include an affinity for underrated repertoire.

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