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Béla Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra

(Arranger: Roland Freisitzer)

  • for ensemble (or chamber orchestra)
  • 2 1 3 1 - 2 2 2 1 - timp, perc(2), hp, pno, str (solo or multiple player)
  • Duration: 38’
  • Instrumentation details:
    1st flute
    2nd flute (+picc)
    oboe
    1st clarinet in Bb (+cl(A))
    2nd clarinet in Bb (+cl(A))
    bass clarinet in Bb
    bassoon
    1st horn in F
    2nd horn in F
    1st trumpet in C
    2nd trumpet in C
    1st trombone
    2nd trombone
    tuba
    timpani
    1st percussion
    2nd percussion
    harp
    piano
    violin I
    violin II
    viola
    violoncello
    double bass
  • Composer: Béla Bartók
  • Arranger: Roland Freisitzer

Work introduction

My arrangement of Béla Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra is the second of the three I have done for Peter Keuschnig’s Kontrapunkte Cycle 2017/2018 in the Musikverein.

Along with the Miraculous Mandarin, it is probably Bartók’s most important orchestral piece and the most extensive work of the composer’s late period – one which has fascinated and excited me since boyhood.

My goal was to prepare a version for large ensemble (also playable by small orchestras with multiple strings to a part) which, despite the reduced forces, is in no way inferior to the original – that is, not a reduction expediently pared down to a restricted ensemble, but rather a variant retaining the luminescent tone colours and the unbridled power of the original – quasi a new raiment for the original, without sacrifices.

So I chose this instrumentation: 2 flutes, oboe, 2 clarinets, bass clarinet, bassoon, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, tuba, timpani, percussion, harp, piano and solo (or multiple) strings.

Roland Freisitzer

The complete perusal score (PDF-preview)

World première

Location:
Musikverein, Brahms-Saal, Wien (AT)
Date:
05.03.2018
Orchestra:
Ensemble Kontrapunkte
Conductor:
Peter Keuschnig

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