’ … masterworks in minature’
found a lovely quotation by Bela Bartok (1881-1945), song collector and folklorist :
‘Each folk-tune is a model of high artistic perfection. I regard them as so many masterworks in minature, as i do a Bach fugue, or a mozart sonata in the world of the larger forms.’
ref : Janos Manga (1969) ‘Hungarian Folksong and Folk Instruments’ Budapest : Kossuth
so which of ‘our’ tunes could be considered ‘masterworks’?