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Allegro Barbaro

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Béla Bartók

Béla Bartók (arr. Roman)

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General Info

Year: 1911/
Duration: c.
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Cost: Score and Parts -  |   Score Only -


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Clarinet choir


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Program Notes

Originally a work for solo piano, Béla Bartók's Allegro Barbaro remains one of his most beloved and frequently performed pieces. The composer himself was fond of using the short, fast-paced work as an encore at his recitals. In typical Bartok fashion, Allegro Barbaro utilizes folk elements, combining the pentatonic sound of Hungarian peasant music with the mostly-chromatic Romanian sound. Numerical series like the Fibonacci sequence are used throughout the piece, most easily heard in the pulsating F# minor chords that occur in groups of 3, 5, 8 or 13 bars.

In 1979, the rock group Emerson, Lake and Palmer introduced the piece to a new audience when they arranged it for the first track of their debut album. This arrangement for clarinet choir is the work of MSgt. John Romano, himself a member of the U.S. Air Force Band's clarinet section.

- Program note by Brooke Emery


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