The Barbarian (song)

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"The Barbarian"
Instrumental by Emerson, Lake & Palmer
from the album Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Released1970
Recorded1970
GenreProgressive rock, hard rock
Length4:27
Composer(s)Béla Bartók arr. Keith Emerson, Greg Lake, Carl Palmer
Producer(s)Greg Lake

"The Barbarian" is the opening track on the eponymous debut album of British progressive rock band Emerson, Lake & Palmer, released in 1970.

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The song is instrumental, and it is the shortest song on the album (4:27). Although the composition of "The Barbarian" was attributed to the three band members, it is an arrangement for rock band of Béla Bartók’s 1911 piano piece Allegro barbaro.[1] Although the original piece is for piano only, the band arranged the song for organ, piano, bass, and drums.[2] The music of the song is aggressive with a hard rock influence. Greg Lake used a fuzz box to give his bass a fuller, guitar-like sound. The band members didn't give credit to Bartók, thinking that the label would arrange the matter. Bartók's family sued ELP for copyright infringement,[1] but eventually, the band gave the credit to Bartók too.[3] The song was never included in a compilation album of the band until the album The Essential Emerson, Lake & Palmer.

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