Music is the shorthand of emotion.
Today's post features two pieces of classical music plus one of the original tunes that became a part of Enescu's Romanian Rhapsody #1. Both were inspired by the composers' impressions of Romania.
The piece in Video #1 was created by a Norwegian, Johan Halvorsen. Halvorsen was offered a post at the Bucharest Conservatory. Although he didn't take the position, he took an interest in Bucharest and Boyars, in particular, the entrance of the Boyars into Bucharest in the 18th century. I don't know if he ever visited Romania, but it fired up enough of an interest in him to write a piece about it.
The result was The Entry March of the Boyars. It's 5 1/2 minutes of passion and excitement; I love it, even though it doesn't sound like anything Romanian. This is what inspiration sounds like.
The Romanian Rhapsody #1 by George Enescu uses Romanian folk motifs. One of the tunes in the Romanian Rhapsody is the music for the dance Hora Lui Dobrica.
Here is the Romanian Rhapsody in its entirety, with some beautiful scenery to go along with the music. Hora Lui Dobrica is at 2:20. After watching this video, I will always associate barges and bridges with Hora Lui Dobrica.
This piece starts off slow and gradually speeds up until the wild finale. Reminds me of some Romanian folk dances.
If you enjoyed this you may also like:
The "Flavors" of Romanian Hora
The "Flavors" of Romanian Sirba
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