György Ligeti (1923–2006) was a Hungarian composer of contemporary classical music. He has been described as "one of the most important avant-garde composers in the latter half of the twentieth century" and "one of the most innovative and influential among progressive figures of his time".
Baladă și joc (Ballad and Dance) (1950) is a short piece for two violins by György Ligeti, based on two Romanian folk songs.
In 1949, before graduating from the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Ligeti spent the year researching folk music in Romania. Some of the songs he transcribed on that trip eventually became the basis for Baladǎ şi joc, and also his Concert românesc (1951).
The work is in two movements. The first, Ballad, is slow, melodic yet contrapuntal, and highly expressive. The second movement, Dance, is exuberant and very virtuosic.
The transcription for organ was made by Marco Lo Muscio in 2017.