Béla Bartók: Concerto No. 2

Béla Bartók Concerto No. 2
Concerto No. 2

Béla Bartók: Concerto No. 2

Year of composition:
1930/1931
Scored for:
for piano and orchestra
Composer:
Béla Bartók
Editor:
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
contrabassoon
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
timpani
percussion(2)
violin I
violin II
viola
violoncello
contrabass
Duration:
25’
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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.”

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Concerto No. 2

Béla Bartók: Concerto No. 2

score
for piano and orchestra , 25’
Instr.: 3 2 2 3 - 4 3 3 1 - timp, perc(2), str

World première

Location:
Frankfurt am Main
Date:
23.01.1933

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