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Bartók Béla: Sonatine

Urtext edition

Edited by Somfai László
Setting: Piano
Series: Separate Editions from the Bartók Critical Edition
Period: 20th Century
Grade: 4
Length: 16 pages
Weight: 0.084 kg
Publisher: G. Henle Verlag
Item number: HN1401
ISMN: 9790201814018
Bartˇk used different melodies taken from Romanian instrumental folk music in his Sonatina. A look at the sources shows how, in 1915, the piece slowly evolved out of a series of piano transcriptions of Romanian folk melodies into its three-movement form. In this Urtext edition that is being released prior to its publication as part of the Complete Edition, Bartˇk specialist Lßszlˇ Somfai outlines the work's exciting genesis and expounds on Bartˇk's later revision, during which he not only changed the tempi but also the fingerings. The information on this work is rounded off by indications on how to play the the very complex piano notation by Bartˇk himself and from his recordings. An invitation to pianists to rediscover this Sonatina.

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