Béla Bartók: Cantata profana

Béla Bartók Cantata profana
Cantata profana

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 adapter:
Béla Bartók
Original language:
Hungarian
Translator:
Béla Bartók; Robert Shaw; Bence Szabolcsi
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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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.

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Cantata profana

Béla Bartók: Cantata profana

piano reduction
for tenor, baritone, mixed choir and orchestra
Instr.: 3 3 3 3 - 4 2 3 1 - timp, perc(3), hp, str

Cantata profana

Béla Bartók: Cantata profana

full score
for tenor, baritone, mixed choir and orchestra
Instr.: 3 3 3 3 - 4 2 3 1 - timp, perc(3), hp, str

World première

Location:
London
Date:
25.05.1934
Conductor:
Aylmer Buesst

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