Viola Concerto (Bartók, Béla)

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Sketches and Drafts

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Publisher. Info. Holograph manuscript, 1945.
Reprinted Bartók: Viola Concerto - Facsimile of the Autograph Draft
Homosassa: Bartók Records, 1995.
Misc. Notes The editorial notes, transcription by Nelson Dellamaggiore and Preface by Peter Bartók have been omitted.
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Work Title Viola Concerto
Alternative. Title
Name Translations Concerto pour alto (Bartók); Ալտի կոնցերտ (Բարտոկ); Концерт для альта з оркестром (Барток); Alttoviulukonsertto (Bartók); ヴィオラ協奏曲 (バルトーク); Brácsaverseny (Bartók); Concert per a viola; Concerto per viola e orchestra; Violakonzert; ויליאם פרימרוז; 中提琴協奏曲 (巴托克)
Name Aliases Bratschenkonzert; Konzert für Viola und Orchester; Concerto for Viola and Orchestra; Concerto for Viola and Orchestra, BB 128
Authorities WorldCat; Wikipedia; VIAF: 183400605; LCCN: nr97010436; NLA: 35039061
Composer Bartók, Béla
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. Sz.120
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IBB 58
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 3 movements
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1945
First Performance. 1949-12-02 in Minneapolis
William Primrose (viola), Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti (conductor)
First Publication. 1949 - New York: Boosey & Hawkes (Serly completion)
Copyright Information Serly's completion is under copyright in Canada and other 50-pma countries until 2029
(2049 in EU, 2045 in USA).
Only literal scans of Bartók's sketches eligible until January 1, 2021, when the urtext edition of the sketches published in 1995 can be added.
Dedication William Primrose
Average DurationAvg. Duration 20 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Early 20th century
Piece Style Early 20th century
Instrumentation 3 versions
Composer's Implied/Alluded Instrumentation
Solo: viola
Orchestra: flute, oboe, 2 clarinets, bassoon, horns, 2 trumpets, timpani, strings
Tibor Serly's Instrumentation
Solo: viola
Orchestra: piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons
3 horns, 3 trumpets, 2 trombones, tuba, timpani, percussion, strings
Peter Bartók and Paul Neubauer's Instrumentation
Solo: viola
Orchestra: piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes (2nd also english horn), 2 clarinets
2 bassoons (2nd also contrabassoon)
4 horns, 3 trumpets, 2 trombones, tuba, timpani, percussion, strings
External Links Wikipedia article
Extra Information Left in sketches only at composer's death. First reconscruction by Tibor Serly (1901-1978).

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