Ferenc Farkas - (Mvt. 1) Early Hungarian Dances

Intrada (Movement 1)

Saltarello (Movement 5)

If you're a composer, it's quite natural to be interested in what other composers did, long before your time. If you're a Hungarian composer, you might be particularly interested in older Hungarian music, as Ferenc Farkas was. Hungary in the 17th century was part of the Turkish empire, but it was still part of Europe, and had pretty much the same dance fashions as anywhere else. Both these pieces have Italian titles. Italy was not so far away (and it still isn't…). 'Intrada' means 'Entrance', so this must have been a number that was danced at the start of a set. You could imagine people processing rather grandly down the ballroom. 'Saltarello' comes from the word for leaping, so this has to be a more energetic piece.

Ferenc Farkas (1905-2000)

In his long life the Hungarian composer Ferenc Farkas (pronounced something like 'FErents FARkash') produced hundreds of works, from operas to little instrumental pieces. He studied in Budapest and Rome, and became, after the Second World War, an important teacher of composition in Budapest. György Kurtág was one of his pupils.