Takács String Quartet - Muzsikás
Márta Sebestyén
Bartók and the folk music / European tour 2006

The origin of this programme can be dated back to the Aspen Music festival in 2001. where the idea of the joint concert was suggested by Joseph Horowitz, the renowed musicologist. Later the Takács and Muzsikás slightly changed the basic idea, we wanted to show the connection between the compositions of Bartók and Kodály and the traditional music. The program was first performed in Pittsburg with great success. Later the two groups performed this programme in several concert venues thorougout the USA, ending at Carnegie Hall, New York. In the 2005-2006 concert season this joint programme can be heard in several European concert venues.

14. Jan. London Queen Elisabeth Hall
15. Jan. Gateshead The Sage
16. Jan. Gateshead The Sage (workshop)
18. Jan. Lisboa Grand Auditorium
19. Jan. Nancy Salle Poirel
20. Jan. Martigues Theatre des Salins
21. Jan. Paris Theatre de la Ville
22. Jan. Köln Filharmonie
23. Jan. Bilbao Theater of the Philharmonic Society
24. Jan. Sevilla Centro Cultural El Monte
25. Jan. Soissons Arsenal Abbaye Saint Vignes
27. Jan. Grenoble La Cargo
The basic concept of the present programme is to combine some work of Béla Bartók with the traditional folk music to create a new musical experience with a classical string quartet and a traditional village string quartet. During this concert the two quartets will illustrate the strong connections between the compositions of Bartók and the the rural traditions as the musicians of the Takács Quartet and the Muzsikas folk ensemble see it.
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1. Szászcsávási táncok (Dances from Transylvania) - Muzsikás string band

2. Pásztornóták hosszúfurulyán (Long Flute Melodies) - long flute, vocal
    Kanásztáncok két hegedűn (Swineherd's Dances) – two violins
    Ugrós és friss (Transdanubian Ugros and fast Csardas) - Muzsikás string band

3. Béla Bartók: String Quartet No. 4 (1928) I. Allegro
    Moldvai övestánc (Dance Music of Moldavia) - flute, lute, drum
    String Quartet No. 4, II. Prestissimo, con sordino
    Fujnak a fellegek (Peacock Melody) - vocal
    String Quartet No. 4, III. Non troppo lento
    Gyimesi táncok (Dances of Gyimes) - violin, gardon
    String Quartet No. 4, IV. Allegretto pizzicato
    String Quartet No. 4, V. Allegro molto


1. Béla Bartók: Violin Duos (1931), with source tunes:
   Playback: Ardeleana (from Bartok archive)
    Torontáli táncok (Dances of Torontál) - violin, gardon
   Violin Duo No. 44 - M. Sipos and K. Schranz
    Pejparipam rezpatkója (The shoe of my horse) - vocal
    Violin Duo No. 28 - M. Sipos and K. Schranz
       Playback: Jocul Barbatesc (from Bartok archive)
    Jocul Barbatesc – - vocal
   Violin Duo No. 32 - M. Sipos and K. Schranz

2. Béla Bartók: Sonatina (1915; transcribed by Endre Gertler ) with tradiaonal tunes
   Dudautánzás énekhangon (Vocal imitation of the bagpipes) - vocal
    Bear Dance
    Gyimesi medvetánc és héjsza (Bear dance from Gyimes) - violin, gardon

3. Pakulár ballada (Ballad of the murdered shephard) - flute, violin, vocal

4. Béla Bartók: Rumanian Folk Dances (1915, tanscribed for strings by Arthur Willner) with source tunes
    Bota és Invertita (Bota and Invertita) - Muzsikás string band
    I. Joc cu bata (Dance with Sticks)
    II. Braul (Waistband Dance)
    Pe loc (Pe Loc) - flute
    III. Pe Loc (Stamping Dance)
    IV. Buciumeana (Hornpipe Dance)
    V. Poarca Romaneasca (Rumanian Polka)
   Méhkeréki táncok (Dances of Méhkerék) - string band
    VI. VII. Maruntel (Quick Dance) – Takács and Muzsikás