Invitation to the dance (1 piano 4 hands)
All along the music history has the classical repertoire found inspiration in the varied forms of the dance music, be it that of the Kings (the baroque pavane) or that of the peasants (the Austrian Lšnder). But at the end of the 19th century, the interest for folk music increased as never before, especially in those countries that were searching for a own musical identity as it was the case of Norway (Grieg) or the Czech Republic (DvořŠk). For other composers, it was the appeal of foreign folk traditions that worked as catalyst to their inspiration. It is the case with Brahms and his well-known Hungarese Dances or Ravel and his Rhapsodie Espagnole, a work for which De Falla experienced that he had never heard a piece more Spanish in character before.
Alexander Borodin, Polovtsian Dances
Johannes Brahms, Hungarese Dances
Anton DvořŠk, Slavonic Dances
Edvard Grieg, Norwegian Dances
Maurice Ravel, Rhapsodie Espagnole