Bluebeard's Castle, Sz.48 (Bartók, Béla)




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Language German / English
Translator Wilhelm Ziegler (1857–1931), German text
Christopher Hassall (1912-1963), English text
Publisher. Info. Vienna: Universal Edition, 1925. Plate U.E. 7028.
Reprinted Vienna: Universal Edition, 1963. Plate U.E. 13641. The Hungarian text was replaced with Hassall's English translation, and Karl Heinz Füssl (1904-1992) and Helmut Wagner made edits to the German text.
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Language German / Hungarian
Translator Wilhelm Ziegler (1857–1931), German text
Publisher. Info. Vienna: Universal Edition, 1922. Plate U.E. 7026.
Reissue - 1963.
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Language Russian / Hungarian
Translator N.P. Rozhdestvenskaya, Russian text
Publisher. Info. Moscow: Muzyka, (1969). Plate 5865.
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General Information

Work Title A kékszakállú herceg vára
Alternative. Title Bluebeard's Castle
Composer Bartók, Béla
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. Sz.48 ; BB 62 ; Op.11
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IBB 3
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 1 act
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1911, revised 1917
First Performance. 1918-05-24 in Budapest
Olga Haselbeck (Judith), Oszkár Kálmán (Bluebeard); Orchestra, Egisto Tango
First Publication. 1922 - Vienna: Universal Edition
  • Vocal score - Plate U.E. 7026, 72 pages (1922)
  • Full score - Plate U.E. 7028, 173 pages (1925)
  • Parts - Plate U.E. 7029 (1925)
Librettist Béla Balázs (1884-1949)
Language Hungarian
Dedication Márta Bartók
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Early 20th century
Piece Style Early 20th century
Instrumentation 2 voices, orchestra

Cast: Judith (soprano), Bluebeard (bass), Bluebeard's wives (3 silent)
Voices: soprano, bass
Orchestra: 4 flutes (3rd and 4th also piccolo), 2 oboes, english horn
3 clarinets, bass clarinet, 4 bassoons (4th also contrabassoon)
4 horns, 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, tuba
2 harps, celesta, organ, timpani, bass drum, snare drum, tam-tam
cymbals, suspended cymbal, xylophone, triangle, strings
On-stage: 4 trumpets, 4 trombones
External Links Wikipedia article
Bluebeard's Castle - scores at Sheet Music Plus

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