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Meggondolatlan Õrült Iramban Csárdás was written in 1989 as an early sketch for Erzsébet. In pursuit of the ghost of a Hungarian dance, a prepared piano evokes the cimbalom (a large Hungarian hammerdulcimer) before it becomes, open and unmodified, a puppet of the rhythmic Magyar friss dance.

The Csárdás mixes minor, diminished and whole-tone harmonies, while its rhythms relentlessly respect the accented 19th-century two-step.

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Last Measures of the Score

The last three measures of the score.

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A recording of Csárdás is available from Ursa Minor Records, on the "Alive and Well" cassette.