This is the first Bartok Romanian Dance,
there's a suite of seven of them.
I've played these pieces many times in
concert, sometimes with a string quartet,
sometimes with a string orchestra and
they really fit great on the harmonica.
These are folk dances from Romania,
the first ones in A minor and
its mostly in the Dorian mode.
But sometimes the sixth is flated so
I use a G harmonica
in third position,
fourth hole draw
And for the flatted sixth,
I hit the sixth hole over blow.
So the melody starts on the fifth hole
draw and you can find this music online.
There are some free versions of it.
Ill attach a link to the lesson.
It's not very hard but
it's very effective especially
if you play all seven of these
then it's really a knockout.
But this is a good piece of music for
somebody who's trying to play
a piece of classical music
on the diatonic harmonica,
it's a nice introduction
to the music of Bartok.
You can try playing it in
other octaves as as well.
so I did a little piano
and I'm gonna
perform it for
you right now.
You get to hear the piece.
That's one of things that's
sorta surprising about it.
In a lot of Eastern European
music is very bluesy.
Those bends are built into the music
as slurs, and this music's
played a lot on the violin and there's
a solo version of it for just piano.
Lots of places to find this music,
as I said, online you can find it for
free as a free download of sheet music.
So Bartok, Hungarian composer, lived in
the earlier part of the 20th century.
I think he died in the 1940s, and a lot
of his music was based on folklore and
he would reharmonize simple folk tunes and
that's basically what this is.
So, good luck with this,l I'd like
to see some of you try it and
send it in to me, thanks.