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Label: Angel Records - SFO-36035 • Format: Vinyl LP Gatefold • Country: US • Genre: Classical • Style: Modern
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He had been in the United States for nearly three years, a period in which he had to endure financial hardship, artistic isolation and separation from the source of his inspiration, Hungary, and its wealth of folk music.

What income and recognition he did receive came mostly from his appearances as a pianist or sometimes as duo-pianist with his wife Ditta Pasztorybut poor health prevented him from performing after January It seemed as if his life had come to a standstill when he received a commission for a large orchestral work from Serge Koussevitzkymusic director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Like the fourth and fifth string quartets andthe Concerto for Orchestra is in five movements, arranged in what is called an "arch" form, in which the first and fifth movements are related, as are the second and fourth, with the third movement functioning as the keystone of the arch.

Trumpets, pianissimo, chant a pungent, short-phrased chorale on which the theme of the main Allegro vivace is based. A lyrical second theme is introduced by the oboe, but the mood remains dark as the material is developed. Only when brass erupt in a modal fugato section is there the suggestion that things may lighten. The second movement is titled "Games of Couples," and presents woodwinds in successive pairs, with close intervallic relationships derived from Dalmatian folk music.

The syncopated rhythm that accompanies these games -- performed by side drum without snares -- carries over into the middle section, a soft Introduzione - Bartók* · Kodály* · Ozawa* & Chicago Symphony* - Bartók: Concerto For Orchestra / Kod for brass.

The finale opens with a leaping call to order for all four horns unison, followed by a wild moto perpetuo dance, in which the succeeding episodes hardly stop for breath. The alternate ending is the one that is usually played. AllMusic relies heavily on JavaScript. Please enable JavaScript in your browser to use the site fully. Blues Classical Country. Electronic Folk International.

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