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The Dance Suite by Bela Bartok is a creative piano piece that has four distinct movements they include moderato, allegro molto, allegro vivace, Molto tranquillo, Comodo and the final movement Allegro. The fifteen minute piece, which was composed by Bela Bartok in 1923, can also be performed in one single movement. Performed by a pianist “Dance Suite” has two distinctive recorded versions. One includes all the six movements while the other is recorded as one movement. The recorder version by the Chicago orchestra is an austere composition that has all the six movements and sound carefree and jovial carrying a listener into a trance. The live performance by an orchestra is infectious and invigorates Hungarian themes, rhythmic patterns and modes which were distinctive styles of the composer Bela Bartok. The piece starts with a haunting melody the picks up the tempo to turn into a carefree jovial melody the tempo differs throughout the six movements distinguishing each movement from the other.
To a first time listener the recorded version with a single pianist sound more harmonious than the orchestra version. However, an orchestra piece is more synchronized, and the variety of instruments makes it sound more haunting than the piano version. It has the same effect though, as the second symphony, that of making a listener want to close their eyes hoping the piece will never end and in the fifteen minutes performance seems like just a few seconds. The orchestra version is more colorful and seems shorter than the piano version. The piece starts with a lower pitch, and as it progresses to the next movement, the tempo picks up to maintain the tempo up to the finale where the pitch is progressively lowered up to the end note.