Universal Edition - Béla Bartók – Concerto No. 2

Béla Bartók

Béla Bartók
Concerto No. 2

Year of composition: 1930/1931
Scored for: for piano and orchestra
Composer: Béla Bartók
Edited by: Peter Bartók
Soloists: piano
Instrumentation: 3 2 2 3 - 4 3 3 1 - timp, perc(2), str
Instrumentation details:
piccolo (+3rd fl)
1st flute
2nd flute
1st oboe (+c.a)
2nd oboe
1st clarinet in B/A
2nd clarinet in B/A (+bass cl(Bb))
1st bassoon
2nd bassoon
1st horn in F
2nd horn in F
3rd horn in F
4th horn in F
1st trumpet in C
2nd trumpet in C
3rd trumpet in C
1st trombone
2nd trombone
3rd trombone
bass tuba
violin I
violin II
Duration: 25′
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Audio Excerpt

2. Konzert

World Première

Location: Frankfurt am Main / Germany
Date: 23.01.1933

Work Introduction

Bartók might have protected his first piano concerto but with time, he was obliged to accept that “the facture is somewhat – even very – difficult for both the audience and the orchestra. That is why I decided some years later, 1930/1931, to compose my second piano concerto as a counterpart to the first one, thematically more agreeable and with fewer difficulties for the orchestra. This intention explains the more folk-like, lighter character of most of the themes.” Further, the composer describes the orchestration: “The orchestra consists of winds and percussion in the first movement; it is made up of (muted) strings and timpani in the Adagio; the Scherzo uses strings, a group of winds and percussion, and only the third requires the full orchestra.”

Bálint Varga

Pocket score – Piano Concerto No. 2

This sheet music edition is the pocket score of Bartók's "Piano Concerto No. 2" and comes in a handy size.

  • Edition type: pocket score
  • Series: Philharmonia Pocket Scores
  • Language: German; English
  • PH306
  • ISBN: 978-3-7024-1057-5
  • ISMN: 979-0-008-01945-6
EUR 26,50

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Piano reduction – Piano Concerto No. 2

This sheet music edition of Bartók's "Piano Concerto No. 2" (1931) contains the version for two pianos, arranged by the composer himself.

  • for 2 Pianos 4 Hands
  • Edition type: piano reduction
  • Edition info: Revision by Peter Bartók 1993
  • UE10995
  • ISBN: 978-3-7024-2937-9
  • ISMN: 979-0-008-00154-3
EUR 49,95

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score - Concerto No. 2

Concerto No. 2
  • for piano and orchestra
  • Edition type: score

score - Concerto No. 2

Concerto No. 2
  • for piano and orchestra
  • Edition type: score

Future Performances

Location: Auditorium Rainier III, Monaco (MC), Orchestra: Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, Conductor: Lawrence Foster

Location: Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Paris (F), Orchestra: Orchestre National de France, Conductor: Lawrence Foster

04.10.2017 - Bratislava Music Festival
Location: Concert Hall of SP, Bratislava (SLO), Orchestra: Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, Conductor: Lawrence Foster

Location: Esplanade Concert Hall, Singapore (SGP), Orchestra: Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Conductor: Lan Shui

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