ABRSM Grade 8 - Piano Exam Pieces

Bartók - Rondo (No. 1 from Three Rondos on Folk Tunes)

ABRSM Grade 8 - C1

With his compatriot Kodály, Bartók collected folksongs from his native Hungary as well as surrounding east-European countries, introducing them into his compositions. The first Rondo contains three Slovak folksongs, the first acting as the rondo theme and the other two as episodes. This vibrant piece is full of contrasts in texture and mood, singing wistfully one moment and dancing wildly the next. Do not be a slave to the strict-looking metronome marks (Bartók was not in his own performances).

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