23
Jan

Dances

The music you're now listening to (on this page) is Intermezzo (from Carmen Suite) by Georges Bizet.

In simple term, folk music means music for everyone. It is usually shared and performed by the entire community, instead of by just a special class of expert performers. It is more tradition than entertainment and they are usually passed down by word of mouth. Some of the folk music are dated so far back, that they can be considered as oral histories.

Folk music
may also be seen as an authentic expression of a way of life. It is thus appropriate to say that, folk music reflects its audience's values, cultures and identity.

During the 20th century, the term folk music seem to have taken on a second meaning: it describes a particular kind of
popular music which is culturally descended from or otherwise influenced by traditional folk music.

Like other popular music, folk music of this genre is most often performed by experts and is transmitted in organized performances and commercially distributed recordings.

Many composers get their inspirations from folk music or traditional folk songs. Most of these traditional folk music are anonymous and
has been passed along continuously from generation to generation.

Bartok, Brahms, Chopin, Dvorak and Granados were a few of the many composers who were inspired by folk music. Some of their Folk-Inspired-compositions include the 21 Hungarian Dances, the 16 Slavonic Dances & 12 Spanish Dances. Read about the origin of folk music.

Folk-Inspired Classical reveals how folk music has influenced classical composers over the years, and how the composers have taken different approaches to incorporate traditional folk music into their compositions. And of course, along the way, the audience will enjoy and be educated about the original folk music tradition.


~Written by Boon Sin Ler

Many composers were inspired by folk music, and their compositions very often were based on or expand from these traditional folk music. 

Brahms's 19 Hungarian Dances are among the best-known collections of dances inspired by folk music. It was originally wrote for piano four-hands but later the first 10 dances were arranged for solo piano. Each dance has been arranged for a wide varieyt of instruments and ensembles.   

Dvorak's 16 Slavonic Dances and Granados' 12 Spanish Dances are also well known.

The Slavonic Dances are a series of 16 orchestral pieces, originally written for Piano, four hands, initially published in two sets as Op. 46 & Op. 72. The 12 Spanish Dances have been transcribed for guitar as well as for the orchestra.


What is the difference between cultivated music and folk music? Read to find out.

Folk-inspired Classical reveals how folk music has influenced classical composers over the years.

Here is a listing of some famous Folk-Inspired compositions.




Frederic Chopin
(1810 – 1849)



Johannes Brahms
(1833 – 1897)

Enrique Granados
(1867 – 1916)

 

 

 

 




Bela Bartok (1881 – 1945)





Antonín Dvorak (1841 - 1904)




What is the difference between cultivated music and folk music? Read to find out.

Folk-inspired Classical reveals how folk music has influenced classical composers over the years.

Here is a listing of some famous Folk-Inspired compositions.

~Written by Boon Sin Ler