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Universal Edition - Béla Bartók – Cantata profana

Béla Bartók

Béla Bartók
Cantata profana

Year of composition: 1930
Subtitle: The Giant Stags
Scored for: for tenor, baritone, mixed choir and orchestra
Composer: Béla Bartók
Text Source: old Rumanian folk songs
Text Editor: Béla Bartók
Original Language: Ungarisch
Translator: Béla Bartók; Bence Szabolcsi; Robert Shaw
Choir: SATB
Soloists: tenor; baritone
Instrumentation: 3 3 3 3 - 4 2 3 1 - timp, perc(3), hp, str
Instrumentation details:
1st flute
2nd flute (+picc)
3rd flute (+picc)
1st oboe
2nd oboe
3rd oboe
1st clarinet in A (+cl(Bb))
2nd clarinet in A (+cl(Bb)
bass cl(Bb))
3rd clarinet in A (cl(Bb))
1st bassoon
2nd bassoon
3rd bassoon (+cbsn)
1st horn in F
2nd horn in F
3rd horn in F
4th horn in F
1st trumpet in C
2nd trumpet in C
1st trombone
2nd trombone
3rd trombone
bass tuba
timpani
percussion(3)
harp
violin I
violin II
viola
violoncello
contrabass
Duration: 16–17'
 
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Cantata profana

World Première

Location: London / Great Britain
Date: 25.05.1934
Conductor: Aylmer Buesst

Work Introduction

Béla Bartók's large-scale work for tenor, baritone, double mixed choir and orchestra tells the story of a father and his nine sons, who go out to hunt a stag but are themselves transformed into deer in the process. The Cantata profana, subtitled “The Magical Deer”, was written in 1930 and inspired by Romanian Christmas stories, using pagan and mythological motifs to combine natural, didactic and symbolic elements in the story. The strictly rhythmic narration of the choir and the sharp, melismatic statements of the soloists form a multi-facetted contrast.

Piano reduction – Cantata Profana

For his composition of the "Cantata profana" (1930), Bartók drew inspiration from a Colinda (a traditional Romanian Christmas carol). He is also the author of the Hungarian lyrics of this song.

  • For Tenor, Baritone, SATB Choir and Orchestra
  • Edition type: piano reduction
  • Language: German; English
  • UE10614
  • ISBN: 978-3-7024-3855-5
  • ISMN: 979-0-008-01707-0
EUR 36,95

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Choral score – Cantata Profana

For his composition of the "Cantata profana" (1930), Bartók drew inspiration from a Colinda (a traditional Romanian Christmas carol). He is also the author of the Hungarian lyrics of this song.

  • for tenor, baritone, mixed choir (SATB) and orchestra
  • Edition type: choral score
  • Language: German; English
  • UE10615
  • ISBN: 978-3-7024-3856-2
  • ISMN: 979-0-008-06955-0
EUR 20,95

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Study score – Cantata profana

For his composition of the "Cantata profana" (1930), Bartók drew inspiration from a Colinda (a traditional Romanian Christmas carol). He is also the author of the Hungarian lyrics of this song.

  • for tenor, bartione, choir SATB and orchestra
  • Edition type: study score
  • Series: Neue Studienpartituren-Reihe
  • Language: German; English
  • UE34300
  • ISBN: 978-3-7024-6668-8
  • ISMN: 979-0-008-08025-8
EUR 34,95

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Cantata profana

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