Béla Bartók (1881–1945) Music for String Instruments, Percussion and Celesta BB 114
Urtext edited by Hartmut Fladt [Due to copyright reasons not available in France, Spain and the USA!] Duration: 26'
str. (1. group: vl/II.vaI.vcI.dbI – 2. group: vIIl/IV.vaII.vcII.dbII) – small drum.cym.tam-tam.big drum.xyl.timp – cel.hp.pno
One of the greatest masterworks of the 20th century! It has lost nothing of its fascination to this day.
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In 1936 Béla Bartók was commissioned by his Swiss patron Paul Sacher to write the “Music for Stringed Instruments, Percussion and Celesta.” What Bartók created was nothing less than one of the greatest masterworks of the 20th century that beguiles the listener through its extraordinarily refined construction and lushly expressive rhythms and melodies.
Also remarkable is that Bartók jotted down the four-movement orchestral work very rapidly and without a short score. Breitkopf’s new edition is based on the autograph, on the first editions of the conducting and pocket score, and in particular on the composer's personal copy of the pocket score, in which Bartók later entered the corrections that he had discovered - alterations that were taken into consideration for the first time in this new edition.
|1. Andante tranquillo|
|4. Allegro molto|