BARTÓK AND OTHERS IN VIENNA – SOLDIERS’ SONGS, 1918#2375
Concert arrangements of marching songs by Béla Bartók, Zoltán Kodály and Emma Kodály. Authentic folk songs from the Carpathian Basin.
Editor: László Kelemen
Assistant editor: Dániel Lipták
Gergely Agócs (bagpipe, vocals), Kálmán Balogh (cimbalom), László Borbély, Ágota Lénárt (piano), Barnabás Kelemen, Gáspár Kelemen (violin), Anna Hideg (Ördöngösfüzes, Transylvania – vocals), László Türei Lengyel (Kalotaszeg, Transylvania – vocals), Ágota Lénárt (piano), Andrea Navratil, Eszter Pál, Anna Sőregi (vocals), Péter Szabó (cello)
Saint Ephraim Male Choir (artistic director: Tamás Bubnó)
Band of the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble
The concert organized jointly with the Hungarian Heritage House presents a programme concept that, according to the original plans, was to have been realized in Budapest in the final year of World War I. The background was a concert in Vienna in January 1918 that featured old and new military recruitment songs of the peoples of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy. Bartók undertook the lion’s share of staging the Hungarian-language part of the performance (he also appeared on stage) and he involved Kodály in its preparation. Following the huge success of the production, the plan was to repeat the concert in Budapest, although expanded with musical material of the nationalities living in Greater Hungary, which was to be edited by Béla Bartók. However, history intervened and the concert was scrapped. Now, 100 years later, the time is ripe to revive the concert that Bartók planned. Programme highlights include folk music arrangements by Béla Bartók, Zoltán Kodály and Mrs Zoltán Kodályné, Emma Sándor, supplemented with the finest of traditional folk music of the nationalities of the Carpathian Basin.