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Choral Music News
New Urtext edition of Bartók’s complete choral works
A new Urtext edition of Béla Bartók’s complete choral works was launched in March 2021. The three-volume edition is based on volume 9 of the Béla Bartók Complete Critical Edition (Z. 15009), a joint publication of G. Henle Verlag, Munich, and Editio Musica Budapest Zeneműkiadó. The lyrics in this edition are in the original languages and in the translations authorized by the composer. Literal English translations are provided in the appendix, which also includes early and alternative versions of the works.
Our edition is distinguished by absolute authenticity regarding both the musical text and the style of notation, as well as superior engraving and print quality. The edition is complete with informative prefaces (in Hungarian, English, and German) and detailed Editorial Comments (in Hungarian and English). The Comments give an overview of the textual, folk-music, and compositional sources, and provide detailed information on the performance practice of Bartók’s choral works.
The volumes have been printed on high-quality and environmentally-friendly paper.
The three volumes are available in two formats: paperback and clothbound. The paperback editions can be bought separately, while the clothbound volumes are available only together in a slipcase.
Each work included in these volumes will also be published separately during the following months.
Offprints from the new Kodály Collection
Separate edition offprints from the renewed edition of Kodály Choral Works for Mixed Voices are being published. Their format is identical to that of the complete volume, and they are printed on excellent-quality pale-yellow paper.
Listen to choral works by Hungarian composers
Europa Cantat festival
The great choral festival EUROPA CANTAT was held this year in Pécs, Hungary, on 24 July to 2 August. The event is justifiably well known worldwide for its standard and its inspiring atmosphere. The festival, held every three years in a different country, presents a colorful cavalcade of programs for those attending it to choose from. The choral festival offered almost 50 workshops for singers, as well as special events for conductors, composers, and the youngest age group of little children.
Editio Musica Budapest, as a partner in EUROPA CANTAT, has published the festival song book, and the scores required by the chorus members for workshops can also be ordered through us. We contributed to the musical expo an exhibition featuring our own catalog and representing several publishers from all over the world.
Presentation and round table discussion at the Béla Bartók Choir Competition
During the competition you will be able to browse through the publishers’ sheet music publications while sipping your coffee in the Club of Scores, and will be able to meet and talk with composers and have them sign their published works.