Bartók, Eight Hungarian Folksongs for voice and piano (nyolc magyar népdal)



Bartók, Eight Hungarian Folksongs for voice and piano (nyolc magyar népdal)






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Bela Bartók, Eight Hungarian Folksongs for voice and piano (nyolc magyar népdal)

nos. 1–5, 1907; nos. 6–8, 1917

The music is simply stunning and the performance by a Hungarian singer and pianist superb.


— Roger W. Smith






1.Fekete főd, fehér az én zsebkendőm / Snow-white kerchief, dark both field and furrow show

2. Istenem, Istenem, áraszd meg a vizet / Coldly runs the river, reedy banks o’er flowing

3. Asszonyok, asszonyok, had’ legyek társatok / Women, women, listen, let me share your labour

4. Annyi bánat a szívemen / Skies above are heavy with rain

5. Ha kimegyek arr’ a magos tetőre / If I climb the rocky mountains all day through

6. Töltik a nagyerdő útját / All the lads to war they’ve taken

7. Eddig való dolgom a tavaszi szántás / Spring begins with labour; then’s the time for sowing

8. Olvad a hó, csárdás kis angyalom / Snow is melting, oh, my dear, my darling


About Roger W. Smith

Roger W. Smith is a writer and independent scholar based in New York City. His experience includes freelance writing and editing, business writing, book reviewing, and the teaching of writing and literature as an adjunct professor. Mr. Smith's interests include personal essays and opinion pieces; American and world literature; culture, especially books and reading; classical music; current issues that involve social, moral, and philosophical views; and experiences of daily living from a ground level perspective. Besides (1), a personal site, he also hosts websites devoted to (2) the author Theodore Dreiser and (3) to the sociologist and social philosopher Pitirim A. Sorokin.
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