Composers Who Use Folk Music

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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Bela Bartok using a gramaphone to record folk songs sung by Czech peasants (Paul Griffith’s A Concise History of Modern Music / Wikipedia Commons)

Some of the best musical tunes come from folk music, so a lot of classical composers borrowed folk songs to use in their compositions. Hear examples by Mozart, Bartok, Copland and others this week on Classics for Kids.

Music used within the program:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Variations on Ah, Vous Dirai je Maman

Béla Bartók: Roumanian Dances

George Enescu: Roumanian Rhapsody No. 1

Joseph Canteloube: Songs of the Auvergne: Malurous Qu’o uno Fenno

Manuel de Falla: Concerto for Harpsichord

Hugo Alfvén: Swedish Rhapsody

Ralph Vaughan Williams: Sea Songs

Aaron Copland: Old American Songs: I Bought me a Cat

William Grant Still: Get on Board

Engelbert Humperdinck: Hansel and Gretel: Ein Mannlein Steht im Walde

Zoltán Kodály: Hary Janos: Intermezzo

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