György Ligeti

Baladă și joc

Baladă și joc
based on Romanian folk songs for school orchestra
Language of this work
(Ballad and Dance)
soprano rec. (number of performers ad lib.) · perc. (soprano met. [or soprano xyl.] · trgl. · small cymbal · s.dr. · b.dr.) - pf. - str. (without va., db. ad lib.)
Composition year(s)
I Andantino
II Allegro vivace, energisch
Comment of the composer on the work

While I was still a student at the Budapest Music Academy in 1949, I was requested by public radio to cultivate the “national heritage” by writing a suite on dance melodies of the Biedermeier period, that is, around 1800. The Régi magyar társas táncok (Old Hungarian Ballroom Dances, 1949) are therefore not my own composition, but only a selection of dance tunes by Lavotta, Bihari, Csermák and Rózsavölgyi, which I orchestrated for flute, clarinet and strings. In the same year I wrote some incidental music for a Chinese puppet play. The Big Turtle Fanfare is a melodic fragment from this music. After a lengthy stay in Romania in 1950, I wrote Baladă şi joc (Ballad and Dance) — first for two violins, then for school orchestra. I later developed the Romanian Concerto (1951) from this piece.

© 2001–2003 Teldec Classics & 2004 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd | Translation: Louise Duchesneau