Hungary’s deep musical roots in folk tradition had widespread influence on composers of other lands. Brahms, the strict traditionalist, shared his love of Hungarian folk music with his predecessors Mozart, Haydn, and Schubert, and his passion for it is heard expertly realized in his Hungarian Dances. György Ligeti was an artistic descendent of both folk music pioneers Bartók and Kodály, and Dohnányi’s early quintet garnered the hard-won admiration of Brahms.
Brahms Selected Hungarian Dances for Violin and Piano (1868, 1880) (arr. Joseph Joachim)
Kodály Serenade for Two Violins and Viola, Op. 12 (1919-20)
BartókContrasts for Violin, Clarinet, and Piano (1938)
Ligeti Selected Piano Etudes
Dohnányi Quintet No. 1 in C minor for Piano, Two Violins, Viola, and Cello, Op. 1 (1895)