Béla Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra (Arranger: Roland Freisitzer)

Béla Bartók Concerto for Orchestra
Concerto for Orchestra

Béla Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra (Arranger: Roland Freisitzer)

Scored for:
for ensemble (or chamber orchestra)
Béla Bartók
Roland Freisitzer (2018)
Instrumentation: - - 2-3 perc - pf - hp - (or multiple strings)
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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

World première

Ensemble Kontrapunkte
Peter Keuschnig

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