Romanian Christmas Carols

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Romanian Christmas Carols, Sz, 57, BB 67 (Hungarian: Román kolindadallamok) is a set of little colinde, typical Christmas songs from Romanian villages, habitually sung by small groups of children, adapted in 1915 by Hungarian composer Béla Bartók to be played on the piano after hearing them sung in the below villages.

Structure[edit]

This work consists of twenty little songs put together into two major series. The movements are listed as follows:

  • Series A
    • I. "Pă cel plai de munte" (from the region of Várhely, in Hunyad). Allegro
    • II. "Intreabă si'ntreabă" (from the region of Malomvíz, in Hunyad). Allegro
    • III. "Doi roagă să, roagă" (from the region of Malomvíz, in Hunyad). Allegro
    • IV. "Ciucur verde de mătasă" (from the region of Temesmonostor, in Temes). Andante
    • V. "Coborâto, coborâto" (from the region of Alsóvisó, in Máramaros). Allegro moderato
    • VI. "În patru cornuți de lume" (from the region of Görgényorsova, in Maros-Torda). Andante
    • VII. "La lină fântână" (from the region of Sárafalva, in Torontál). Andante
    • VIII. "Noi umblăm da corindare" (from the region of Sárafalva, in Torontál). Allegretto
    • IX. "Noi acum ortacilor" (from the region of Bisztra, in Torda-Aranyos). Allegro
    • X. "Tri cai dela răsăritu" (from the region of Rogos, in Bihar). Più allegro
  • Series B
    • XI. "Colo'n jos la munte'n josu" (from the region of Körtekapu, in Maros-Torda). Molto moderato
    • XII. "Deasupra pă răsăritu" (from the region of Várhely, in Hunyad). Moderato
    • XIII. "Creștemi, Doamne, creștiu" (from the region of Cserbel, in Hunyad). Andante
    • XIV. "Sculați, sculați boieri mari" (from the region of Felsőoroszi, in Maros-Torda). Andante
    • XV. "Ăi, colo'n josu mai din josu" (from the region of Cserbel, in Hunyad). Moderato
    • XVI. "Șio luat, luată" (from the region of Libánfalva, in Maros-Torda). Andante
    • XVII. "Colo sus mai susu" (from the region of Temesmonostor, in Temes). Variante della precedente
      • XVIb. "Șio luat, luată" (reprise). Andante
    • XVIII. "Colo sus pă după lună" (from the region of Gyalán, in Bihar). Allegro
    • XIX. "De cei domnul bunu" (from the region of Várhely, in Hunyad). Allegretto
    • XX. "Hai cu toții să suimu" (from the region of Gyalár, in Hunyad). Allegro

The movement number XVIIb is generally appended to the previous one, and, in publications, the variation is represented as a single movement, even though it is clearly specified where the reprise begins. Bartók also wrote a concert version with slight variations to the original version. These changes consist mostly of denser chords and octaves.

Notable recordings[edit]

Notable recordings of this composition include:

Piano Solo Record Company Year of Recording Format
Jenő Jandó Naxos Records 2005 CD[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tracklist from the CD 8.554718 from the Naxos catalogue". Hong Kong: Naxos Digital Services Ltd. 2005. Retrieved July 27, 2011. 

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