The Három magyar népi tánc
(‘Three Hungarian folk dances’) were originally composed for piano solo—the lively Rókatánc
(‘Fox dance’) is a familiar encore piece for Eastern European pianists—and also for piano duet; the transcription for violin and piano is by Tibor Ney. The Marosszéki keringös
(‘Ronde from Marossék’), as its name implies, is a tune from the Marosszék region of Transylvania, which is particularly rich in folk-dance music, both sung and played, much of which Hungarian ethnomusicologists consider to derive from a more remote past than the music of other regions. (Kodály made it famous in his popular Dances from Marosszék.) The vivacious Csürdöngölö
(‘Peasants’ dance’) is a type of fast Csárdás, requiring to be played with apparent abandon while actually paying close attention to rhythmic precision.
from notes by Calum MacDonald © 2009