Zoltán Kodály

Gavotte for 3 violins & cello

    Description by Joseph Stevenson

    This composition was discovered among Kodály's papers after his death. It existed in two forms: A fragmentary version on two staves looking like piano music, and a complete version on two staves with one labeled "cello" and the other marked "three violins." This is an odd ensemble on its face, but is really a string quartet where the violist plays a violin (as violists are capable of doing).

    There is no clue as to when or why it was written. It is an attractive two and a half minute dance movement lasting less than three minutes.

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2014 Hyperion CDA 67999
    1994 BIS 564
    1990 Windham Hill Records WD01091