Igor Stravinsky
  Suite Italienne
Bohuslav Martinů
  Variations on a Slovakian theme
Béla Bartók
  Four Hungarian folk songs
  Romanian folk dances
Francis Poulenc
  Suite Française
Manuel de Falla
  Seven Spanish songs
    Pantomima y Canción (El amor brujo)

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ON THE WAY ...if one does a trip...

Duo Escarlata takes you along a journey with suites, songs and dances from Spain, France, Italy, the former Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Romania. The composers of these pieces travelled a lot and collected impressions from other countries and cultures, folk songs and dances which are reflected in their works.
Thus Igor Stravinsky took the material of baroque dances by the Italian composer Giovanni B. Pergolesi and composed the Pulcinella suite and a ballet with the same title. Taking both pieces Stravinsky himself wrote some years later the Italian suite. Béla Bartók collected more than thousand folk songs from Eastern Europe and used them as an origin for his own songs and the Romanian folk dances. Contrary to some contemporaries (such as Arnold Schönberg) Bartók recognized the folkore as the basic of art music. Also for Manuel de Falla the folk music served as a compositional source. He was particularly interested in the cante jondo (chants of the flamenco). Pantomima and Canción are two short pieces from „El amor brujo“, Love – the magician. The story is about a young Andalusian gipsy who falls in love. However, she is pursued by her late husband so she tries to exorcise this spirit by a fire ritual. The seven Spanish songs were created during de Falla’s stay in Paris under the influence of the Impressionism through his acquaintance with Maurice Ravel and Claude Debussy. Also in the music of the Bohemian composer Bohuslav Martinů, who spent his last years in Switzerland and died in Liestal, one discover vital folklore rhythms. Sometimes plaintive, almost like a yearning supplication, then again proudly and lively. Francis Poulenc belonged to "Les Six", a group of composers who rejected the Impressionism in favor of simplicity and clarity. The French suite based on dances of Claude Gervaise, a composer of the early Baroque period. Originally written for small orchestra Poulenc himself arranged the suite about twenty years later for his friend, the cellist Pierre Fournier. Together they gave concerts – Poulenc played the piano – in several Italian cities.