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Which are some good Musical works that combine Clasical composition with Folklore?

Asked by Anatelostaxus (1418 points ) June 12th, 2009

apart from Bela Bartok, Alexandr Borodin, Briederich Smetana.

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evelyns_pet_zebra's avatar

I recently heard Devorak’s New World Symphony, and it was pretty awesome. Not sure if that is what you mean. Grieg did some good things with folk dance stories as well. Great Question, now I have more music to research. :-)

gailcalled's avatar

Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” is filled with German folk songs as well as high-falutin’ arias, such as the one sung by the Queen of the Night. There is also a sub-text of Masonic symbolism.

Braham’s “Academic Overture” has some other German drinking songs included.

Orff’s “Carmina Burano.

aprilsimnel's avatar

Leoš Janáček’s Pohádka (“Fairy tale”) is based on Slovak folklore. But he created his own masterworks, like the operas Jenůfa and Příhody Lišky Bystroušky (“The Cunning Little Vixen”) which were personal in nature, but also rooted in Czech/Monrovian/Slovak folkloric motifs.

PapaLeo's avatar

Aaron Copeland Appalachian Spring

mammal's avatar

Scheherazade don’t know if the thousand and one nights counts as folklore as such

Buttonstc's avatar

Peter and the Wolf

Buttonstc's avatar

@mammal. Sometimes its amazing how the things we have tucked into the far recesses of our brains come bubbling up to the surface unexpectedly. The instant I read the question, immediately the clarinet solo for the cat came marching thru my brain and I’m sure it’s probably been 20+ years since I’ve listened to it

And now I won’t be able to get rid of it for days. :)

laureth's avatar

Geez, almost any opera.

Bri_L's avatar

@mammal – Hall of the mountain king was the first piece of classical music I ever learned and to this day remains my favorite. the low slow start, the build up the explosive ending! I LOVE IT!

Jeruba's avatar

Grieg’s Norwegian Dances, for one. Peer Gynt, for another.

Can I see a link that says Peter and the Wolf was based on folksongs? I think Prokofieff composed original melodies for it.

If the question is about the stories and not the music itself, first I think we’d have to know what you mean by folk tales. Scheherazade is based on the old tales of the Arabian Nights, for example. Is this what you mean? And Laureth is right about the operas.

gailcalled's avatar

“Carnival of the Animals,” by Camille Saint Saens does not use folk songs, but it is a sprightly piece for young people and considered clas*s*ical music.

And remind me of the jolly folk tunes that Wagner used in Tristan und Isolde.

lloydbird's avatar

Check out Vaughan Williams

PapaLeo's avatar

There was an open air concert yesterday evening in Amsterdam and the orchestra was playing the music to Stravinsky’s “Petrouchka”. I’d forgotten how much folk song Stravinsky used.

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