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Choreae hungaricae

for chamber orchestra

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> Audio sample (version string orchestra) : 5 dances no.4
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> Audio sample (version string orchestra) : 6 dances, no.5-6
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  3 cycles of Hungarian dances from the 17th Century
Composed: 1961
Parts: 4 Dances from the Vietòrisz-Kodex ( l7th century) : 
1) Allegro moderato - 2) Allegro - 3) Lo stesso tempo - 4) Allegro non troppo
   
5 Dances from the Kàjoni-Kodex ( l7th century) : 
1) Moderato - 2) Lo stesso tempo - 3) Quasi minuetto - 4)  Allegro - 5) Lo stesso tempo 
  
6 Dances from the Tabulaturbuch by Löcse ( l7th century) : 
1) Allegro moderato - 2) Lo stesso tempo - 3) Andante moderato - 4) Lo stesso tempo - 5) Allegro - 6) Lo stesso tempo
Durata: 14'
Publication: Editio Musica Budapest 
N.B.: The “5 Dances” and “6 Dances”  are separately edited under the name Hungarian Dances from the 17th century
Reworking: Choreae hungaricae for string orchestra
Hungarian dances from the 17th century for chamber orchestra
Hungarian dances from the 17th century for string orchestra
Choreae hungaricae for piano

English

 In 1942 Ferenc Farkas worked on the music for a Hungarian historical film, “Rákóczi nótája” (Song of Rákóczi). Not satisfied with using a few well-known melodies to suggest the mood of the time of the War of Independence in 1703-11, he collected a mound of authentic and unknown melodies in libraries, mostly from manuscript sources. “These melodies were written by unknown amateurs in a relatively simple style. Most of these dances were recorded between the 14th and 18th centuries under the usual form of tablature notation. I was so fascinated by this music that I decided to give these melodies new life. I fitted the little eight-bar dances together into a trio, in rondo form, and leaning on early Baroque harmony and counterpoint, I attempted a reminiscence of that atmosphere of the provincial Hungarian Baroque” (Ferenc Farkas). 

The melodies from Farkas'  famous work Early Hungarian dances from the 17th century, also known under the title Antiche danze ungheresi del 17.secolo come from this collection.
 
Laszló Gombos

Franšais

 En 1942, Ferenc Farkas composa la musique d'un film historique hongrois, "Rákóczi nótája" (Le chant de Rákóczi). Ne se satisfaisant pas de quelques mélodies bien connues pour suggérer l'ambiance de l'époque (la Guerre d'Indépendance de 1703-1711), il fit des recherches approfondies dans les bibliothèques et trouva de nombreuses mélodies authentiques et méconnues, principalement sous forme de manuscrits : « Ces mélodies furent écrites par des dilettantes inconnus, d’une manière assez primitive, la plupart du temps en tablature, comme on le faisait couramment entre le XIVème et le XVIIIème  siècle. Je trouvai cette musique si fascinante que je décidai de la faire revivre. Je réunis en trio des petites danses de huit mesures que je complétai sous forme de rondo. En utilisant l’harmonie stylisée de la première période du Baroque, et en me servant du contrepoint, j’essayai de recréer un style baroque hongrois provincial » (Ferenc Farkas). 

Ces mélodies furent utilisées par Farkas dans plusieurs de ses œuvres, dont les célèbres Early Hungarian dances from the 17th century, appelées aussi «Antiche danze ungheresi del 17.secolo».
 
Laszló Gombos
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