The melody in this piece begins with an open fifth motif reminiscent of a horn call, which is common of hunting songs. Bartók, however, disguises this a bit by including dotted rhythms. The harmony is built mostly on triads in the left hand. Since “Fox Song” is more like a typical song with melody and accompaniment, the interplay and polyphony common in many of the other pieces from Mikrokosmos are absent. Students should make sure that the rhythms are sharp and accurate throughout.
Caroline Krause, Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates Fellow