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Bartok Romanian Dances #2,3
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Piano World is definitely my main source for discovering new music ( what's old news for many of you is usually brand new to me ).
After reading some threads lately that mentioned these pieces, I've been enjoying familiarising myself with them.
I would love to learn them, but at this moment in time ( and without a teacher ) I don't think it would be wise to take them on.
That being said, I haven't been able to resist trying out #2 and #3. Together they are only two pages of music and seem doable for me.
A question or two for anyone who is confident in these pieces....first, how are they pedalled? My score ( Imslp ) shows markings for pedal, but at the same time asks for staccato...am I to assume that they mean use sostenuto? As far as #2 goes that's really my only problem apart from only being able to play it correctly at half speed, and I'm fine with that, I'm not in a rush! I'm not using the pedal at all at the moment for that one.
#3 it's the same thing with the pedal markings being used at the same time as staccato markings...I've been using a little sustain and it sounds ok-ish....just not sure if it's correct. My other hurdle is the (trills? mordents? I just don't know anymore! ). They sound...well...pretty crappy frankly, and I've resorted to practicing using just a slurry little grace note where the trill should be. Anyone who wants to take the time to tell me exactly how they should go I would be very grateful. Any other insights are always appreciated! smile

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Re: Bartok Romanian Dances #2,3
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Both are pedalled.

No.2 (Sash Dance) can be played without pedal, but No.3 (In One Spot) is meant to sound almost impressionistic and static, with maybe a flute playing the melody. You can pedal continuously through several bars.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OoaKYJrXoVw

Have a listen to the composer's own orchestrated version (with an embellished intro by a Romanian folk player):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HAIHSqiwAA


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Re: Bartok Romanian Dances #2,3
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Thanks Bennevis...the Hélène Grimaud recording is the one I've kept coming back to, so beautiful...

The other one I hadn't seen, incredible....
I live on an island with strong roots in traditional Celtic music, around 6:40 of the video reminds me of the traditional "jigs & reels' we play here smile
That recorder (?) at the beginning of #3 is pretty amazing as well.


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