The Miraculous Mandarin (Bartók, Béla)

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General Information

Work Title The Miraculous Mandarin
Alternative. Title A csodálatos mandarin ; Der Wunderbare Mandarin
Composer Bartók, Béla
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. Op.19 ; Sz.73
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IBB 24
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 1 act in 8 sections:
  1. Beginning—Curtain rises
  2. First seduction game
  3. Second seduction game
  4. Third seduction game—the Mandarin enters
  5. Dance of the girl
  6. The chase—the tramps leap out
  7. Suddenly the Mandarin's head appears
  8. The Mandarin falls to the floor
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1918-24
First Performance. 1926-11-27 in Cologne
First Publication. 1925
Average DurationAvg. Duration 30 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Early 20th century
Piece Style Early 20th century
Instrumentation orchestra
3 flutes (2nd and 3rd also piccolo), 3 oboes (3rd also English horn), 3 clarinets
(2nd also D clarinet, 1st and 3rd also bass clarinets), 3 bassoons (3rd also contrabassoon)
4 horns (2nd and 4th also tenor Wagner tubas), 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, 2 tubas
timpani, snare drum, tenor drum, bass drum, cymbals, triangle, tam-tam, xylophone
celesta, piano, organ, choir, harp, strings
Discography MusicBrainz
External Links Wikipedia article

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Orchestral Works by Béla Bartók
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