Bartok, Bela

Béla Bàrtok (1881 –  1945):
"Many people think it is a comparatively easy task to write a composition on found folk tunes...This way of thinking is completely erroneous. To handle folk tunes is one of the most difficult tasks; equally difficult, if not more so, than to write a major original composition. If we keep in mind that borrowing a tune means being bound by its individual peculiarity, we shall understand one part of the difficulty. Another is created by the special character of folk tune. We must penetrate it, feel it, and bring out its sharp contours by the appropriate setting...It must be a work of inspiration just as much as any other composition."
Béla Bàrtok was a composer as well as an ethnomusicologist. He studied Hungarian folk songs with Zoltan Kodaly, which they began recording on a gramophone in 1905. He also worked in the surrounding countries, recording songs from Slovakia, Romania, Serbia, Bulgaria and Turkey. Based on his studies, he felt the Hungarian Dances were not actually from Hungary.
Bàrtok collected as many as 2700 magyar scores, 3500 magyar-Rumanian scores and hundreds of Turkish and north African magyar scores. While studying these, he found an older form of Hungarian music than was previously known to scholars. He incorporated the folk music into his compositions, creating a new form of Hungarian nationalist music.
In 1923 Bartók married a piano student, Ditta Pásztory. They had a son, Péter, born in 1924. For Péter's music lessons Bartók began composing a six-volume collection of graded piano pieces, Mikrokosmos.
Béla Bàrtok is one of my favorite composer, powerful with a never- ending variety of rhythms and melodies. His Songs For Children are romantic and more tender then his composition in the Mikrokosmos. Both will guide you to understand the complexity of his masterpieces:
A Winter Tale - Bartok - From "For Children Book 1" - Piano 
Flower Song - Bartok - From "For Children Book 1" - Piano  
Play Time - Bartok - From "For Children Book 1" - Piano     
Spring Dance - Bartok - From "For Children Book 1" - Piano   
The Lonely Traveler - Bartok - From "For Children Book 2" - Piano 
Mikrokosmos Vol-1-2-3-4-5-6 - Bartok - PIANO-BOOK1-6 
Mikrokosmos Vol-3 No-73 - Bartok - 6th and 4/6th Exercise/Song - Piano
For Children Book-1 - Bartok - PIANO-BOOK-1 
For Children Book-2 - Bartok - PIANO-BOOK-2 
Read more about Béla Bàrtok - LINK
This orchestral video starts out with a song I arranged for Flute and Piano from "Hungarian Sketches" - Evening in Transylvania: Bartok - An Evening In The Village  -  ZIP   VIDEO



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 published August 20th 2019

Echo from the other Shore


Instrumental CD presenting Native American Flutes over Latin rhythms, Guitar, Piano or as a solo instrument. My music is inspired by traditional Native American Songs, Latin percussion, classical training and the beauty of the Southwestern Desert.



Light On The Path - Instrumental Music CD by Vibhas: Piano Solos, Native American Flute Songs and Soprano Saxophone



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Instrumental Music on Native American and East Indian Flutes over Latin Rhythms



VIVA VIBHAS - Instrumental Music CD by Vibhas: Romantic and meditative Piano Solos, haunting Native American Flute Songs and smooth Latin Jazz Soprano Saxophone Songs



Instrumental Music on Native American Flutes, Piano solos and Soprano Saxophone songs over Latin Rhythms



Flowers of the Dawn – Devotional Songs and Chanting by Prasado (voice) and Vibhas Kendzia (all instruments)



Voice, Native Flutes, Piano and Keyboard

Songs of love and beauty surround you… With these songs we want to capture our intimate feelings of being present to the moment. The sweet conversation between flute and voice, the play of sound and silence.



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Sheet-music sorted by composer:

Bach, Johan Sebastian  

Bartók, Béla   

Beethoven, Ludwig van 

Burgmüller, Friedrich  

Chopin, Frédéric  

Franck, Cesar

Gurdjieff,Georgi Ivanovich  

Haydn, Franz Joseph 

Hesse, Hermann  

Kabalevsky, Dmitry 

Kendzia, Vibhas 

Prokofiev, Sergie 

Satie, Erik  

 Schumann, Robert  



Sheet-music sorted by style:


Children Songs 

Classic Piano Solos  (sorted by title)

Finale Work Sheets 

Flute & Sax - Accompany 

Jazz Worksheets 


Traditional/Folk Songs 

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