Béla Bartók's Compositions

 

Early compositions 1890–1904 | Mature works 1904–1945

REMARKS

Musical instruments are referred by their abbreviated Italian names. Durations are given in italic type if they were given by the composer, in roman type if they are given in the score, and in brackets if they are durations of a recording. Editions are referred by the abbreviated name of the publisher, the year of publication, and, in brackets, the plate number. Recordings are referred by the abbreviated name of the record company, the date and place of recording, the CD and track number of the complete editions of Bartók’s recordings, and the names of the collaborating musicians.

 

ABBREVIATIONS
Catalogues:

BB

Béla Bartók Thematic Catalogue number, see László Somfai, Béla Bartók: Composition, Concepts, and Autograph Sources, Berkeley etc.: University of California Press, 1996

 

D

Dille number, see Denis Dille: Thematisches Verzeichnis der Jugendwerke Béla Bartóks 1980-1904,  Budapest: Akadémiai Kiadó, 1974

 

Sz

Szőllősy number, see József Ujfalussy, Béla Bartók, Budapest: Corvina, 1971

 

W

Waldbauer number

Scores:

Der junge Bartók I  

Der junge Bartók I: Ausgewählte Lieder für Gesang und Klavier, ed. Denijs Dille, Budapest: Zeneműkiadó (4219), ©1963 [Mainz: Schott (5390)]

 

Der junge Bartók II 

Der junge Bartók II: Klavierstücke, ed. Denijs Dille, Budapest: Zeneműkiadó (4220), ©1965 [Mainz: Schott (5391)]

 

DocB I–IV

Documenta Bartókiana, Heft I–IV, ed. Denijs Dille, Budapest: Akadémiai Kiadó, 1964–1970

 

Early Piano Works

Béla Bartók’s Early Piano Works, Bartók Records (708), ©2010

 

Piano Music I–II

Piano Music of Béla Bartók. The Archive Edition I–II, ed. Dr. Benjamin Suchoff, New York: Dover Publications (24108-4, 24109-2), ©1981

Music publishers:

B&H

Boosey and Hawkes Ltd., London (www.boosey.com)

 

BFF

Bárd Ferenc és Fia, Budapest

 

BFT

Bárd Ferenc és Testvére, Budapest

 

BR

Bartók Records, Homosassa, Florida (www.bartokrecords.com)

 

Dover

Dover Publications, Inc., Mineola, New York (www.doverpublications.com)

 

EMB

Universal Music Publishing Editio Musica Budapest Zeneműkiadó Kft., Budapest   (www.emb.hu)

 

H&S

Hawkes and Son Ltd. (www.boosey.com)

 

MK

Magyar Kórus, Budapest

 

Rozsnyai Károly, Budapest

 

Rv

Rózsavölgyi és Társa, Budapest

 

Schott

Schott Music, Mainz (www.schott-music.com)

 

Shunjūsha

Shunjūsha Edition, Tokyo (shunjusha.co.jp)

 

UE

Universal Edition, Wien (www.universaledition.com)

Recordings:

BBCE

Béla Bartók Complete Edition (Hungaroton HCD 31881–31909, 2000)

 

BNS

Bartók New Series (Hungaroton HCD 32501–32531, 2006–2011)

 

CBS

recording of CBS radio broadcast

 

Col 

Columbia records

 

Cont

Continental records

 

Fon

Phonograph records 1910–1915

 

HCD 12326–12331

Bartók at the Piano (Hungaroton HCD 12326–12331, 1991)

 

HCD 12334–12337

Bartók Recordings from Private Collections (Hungaroton HCD 12334–12337, 1995)

 

HMV

His Master’s Voice records

 

Patria

Patria recordings

 

Welte-Licensee

Welte-Licensee piano rolls

Miscellaneous:

Bp

Budapest

 

dir.

directed by

 

cond. 

conducted by

 

 

Early compositions 1890–1904

 

BB 1 (DD 1–31)
Early piano pieces, opp. 1–31 (first opus numbering) (1890–1894)

Walczer [Waltz] (D major), op. 1 (1890), DD 1
Unpublished 

Changeable piece (C major), op. 2 (1890), DD 2
First edition: ©EMB 2012 (14773) 

Mazurka (F major), op. 3 (1890), DD 3
Unpublished 

A budapesti tornaverseny [Budapest Athletic Competition] (G major), op. 4 (1890), DD 4
Unpublished 

Sonatina No. 1, op. 5 (1890), DD 5
Movements:
I. Allegretto (E flat major)
II. Andantino (F major)
Unpublished 

Oláh darab [Walachian Piece] (D minor), op. 6 (1890), DD 6
Unpublished 

Gyorspolka [Fast Polka] (C major), op. 7 (1891), DD 7
Unpublished 

Béla polka (G major), op. 8 (1891), DD 8
Unpublished 

Katinka polka (E major), op. 9 (1891), DD 9
Dedication: Katalin Kovács
Unpublished 

Tavaszi hangok [Voices of Spring] (D major), op. 10 (1891), DD 10
Unpublished

Jolán polka (F major), op. 11 (1891), DD 11
Unpublished

Gabi polka (D major), op. 12 (1891), DD 12
Dedication: Gabriella Lator
First edition: ©EMB 2012 (14773)

Nefelejts [Forget-me-not] (D major), op. 13 (1891), DD 13
Unpublished

Ländler No. 1, op. 14 (1891), DD 14
Sections:
Allegretto (F major)
Andante (F major)
Andantino (C major)
Andante (D major)
Allegro moderato (G major)
Unpublished 

Irma polka (B major), op. 15 (1891), DD 15
Dedication: Irma néninek [To Aunt Irma] [Irma Voit]
Unpublished 

Radegundi visszhang [Radegung Echo] (D major), op. 16 (1891), DD 16
Unpublished 

Induló [March] (E major), op. 17 (1891), DD 17
Unpublished 

Ländler No. 2 (D major), op. 18 (1891), DD 18
First edition: ©EMB 2012 (14773)

Cirkusz polka [Circus Polka] (F major), op. 19 (1891), DD 19
Unpublished

A Duna folyása [The Flow of the Danube] (F major), op. 20 (1891), DD 20a
Dedication: A mamának [To mother] [Mrs. Béla Bartók]
Movements:
1. Moderato 
2. Andante 
3. Polka
4.
5. Csárdás – Allegretto moderato
6. Allegro
7. Moderato
8. Allegro
9. Andante – Allegro
Arrangement: for violin and piano (1891), DD 20b
Unpublished

Sonatine No. 2, op. 21 (1891), DD 21
Movements:
I. Allegro (C major)
II. Adagio (F major)
Unpublished 

Ländler No. 3, op. 22 (1892), DD 22 (lost)

Tavaszi dal [Spring Song] (F minor), op. 23 (1892), DD 23
Dedication: Gabriella Lator
Unpublished 

Szöllősi darab [Szöllős Piece], op. 24 (1892), DD 24 (lost)

Margit polka (D major), op. 25 (1893), DD 25
Dedication: Margit Kőszegváry
Unpublished 

Ilona mazurka (D major), op. 26 (1893), DD 26
Dedication: Ilona Kőszegváry
Unpublished 

Loli mazurka (G major), op. 27 (1893), DD 27
Dedication: Jolán Kőszegváry
Unpublished 

Lajos valczer [Lajos Waltz] (G major), op. 28 (1893), DD 28
Dedication: Lajos Rónay
First edition: ©EMB 2012 (14773) 

Elza polka (C major), op. 29 (1894), DD 29
Dedication: Elzácskának [Elza Bartók]
Unpublished 

Andante con variazioni (D major), op. 30 (1894), DD 30
Dedication: Sándor Schönherr
Unpublished 

X. Y., op. 31 (1894), DD 31 (lost)

 

BB 2a (DD 32)
Sonata no. 1, G minor, op. 1, for piano (second opus numbering) (1894)

Movements:
I. Adagio – Allegro
II. Andante
III. Presto
Unpublished

BB 2b (DD 33)
Scherzo (G-minor), for piano (1894)

Unpublished

BB 3 (DD 34)
Fantasie, A minor, op. 2 for piano (1895)

Unpublished
 

BB 4 (DD 35)
Sonata no. 2, F major, op. 3, for piano (1895)

Movements:
I.
II.
III.
Unpublished
 

BB 5 (DD 36)
Capriccio, B minor, op. 4, for piano (1895)

Unpublished
 

BB 6 (DD 37)
Sonata for Violin and Piano (C minor), op. 5 (1895)

Movements:
I. Allegro
II.
III. Moderato – Allegro vivace
Unpublished
 

BB 7 (DD 38–44)
(opp. 6–12, lost works from 1895–1897)
Sonate No. 3 (C major), op. 6 for piano (1895), DD 38
Stücke für Violine, op. 7 (1895), DD 39
Fantasie für Violine, op. 8 (1896), DD 40
Fantasie für Violine, op. 9 (1896), DD 41
String Quartet No. 1, B flat major, op. 10 (1896), DD 42
String Quartet No. 2, C minor, op. 11 (1896), DD 43
Andante, Scherzo, Fin[ale], op. 12, for piano? (1897), DD 44
 

BB 8 (DD 45)
Drei Klavierstücke, op. 13 (1897)

Dedication: Gabriella Lator
Pieces:
1. Adagio (B minor)
2. (C major)
3. Adagio (Sehr düster) (A flat minor)
First edition: No. 1. Der junge Bartók II; Nos. 2–3. unpublished
 

BB 9 (DD 46–48)
(opp. 14–16, lost works from 1897)
Piano Quintet, C major, op. 14, DD 46
2 Stücke, op. 15, for piano? DD 47
Grosse Fantasie in C, op. 16, for piano? DD 48
 

BB 10 (DD 49)
Sonata for Violin and piano (A major), op. 17 (1897)

Movements:
I. Allegro
II. Adagio, ma non troppo
III. Allegro appassionato
Unpublished
 

BB 11 (DD 50)
Scherzo oder Fantasie (B major), op. 18, for piano (1897)

Dedication: Gabriella Lator
Duration: [BBCE-recording 4’50”]
First edition: Der junge Bartók II
 

BB 12 (DD 51)
Sonata (A flat major), op. 19 („op. 1”) for piano (1898)

Dedication: Mici Ótócska
Duration: [24’32”, duration of Barbara Nissman's recording, see Remarks]
Movements and their durations:
I. Allegro  [9’]
II. Adagio  [4’08”]
III. Scherzo  [2’51”]
IV. Finale. Adagio – Allegro  [8’34”]
Unpublished
First performance: probably 26 March 1898 Pozsony (Bratislava): Bartók
Remark: CD-record: Bartók by Nissman, Barbara Nissman (Pierian 0016, 2003)
 

BB 13 (DD 52)
Piano Quartet (C minor), op. 20 (1898)

Movements:
I. Allegro
II. Scherzo. Allegro molto
III. Adagio espressivo
IV. Allegro vivace
Unpublished
First performance: 3 Nov 1898 Pozsony (Bratislava): Bartók (pf), János Terebessy (vl), Péter Ótócska (vla), Pál Ótócska (vlc) [Movs. III (?) and IV]; 3 Oct 1964 Bp: Csilla Szabó (pf), Tátrai Quartet [complete]
 

BB 14 (DD 53)
Drei Klavierstücke, op. 21 („op. 5”) (1898)

Dedication: Gabriella Lator
Pieces:
1. Intermezzo (C minor)
2. Adagio (G minor)
3. Scherzo (E major)
First edition: 1–No. 2 Der junge Bartók II; No. 3 unpublished
 

BB 15 (DD 54)
Drei Lieder, for voice and piano (1898)

Text: No. 1 Heinrich Heine: Lyrisches Intermezzo, no. 1, in: Buch der Lieder; No. 2 Karl Siebel; No. 3 Friedrich von Bodenstedt: Lieder vom schwarzen Meer, no. 1, in: Aus dem Nachlasse Mirza-Schaffy’s: Neues Liederbuch mit Prolog und erläuterndem Nachtrag
Dedication: Comtesse Matilde von Wenckheim
Movements:
1. Im wunderschönen Monat Mai (E flat major)
2. Nacht am Rheine (C major)
3. Die Gletscher leuchten im Mondenlicht (A minor)
First edition: No. 1 János Demény (ed.): Bartók Béla. Levelek, fényképek, kéziratok, kották (Bp: Magyar Művészeti Tanács, 1948) [facsimile]; Nos. 2–3 unpublished
 

BB 16 (DD 55)
Scherzo for piano (B minor) (1898)

Dedication: Gabriella Lator
Unpublished
 

BB 17 (DD 56)
Vonósnégyes (F major) (1898)

Duration: [24’55”, duration of an unreleased recording made by Tátrai Quartet]
Movements and their durations:
I. Allegro  [5’33”]
II. Adagio  [6’42”]
III. Scherzo. Vivace  [5’]
IV. Adagio – Allegro  [7’40”]
Unpublished
 

BB 18 (DD 57)
Tiefblaue Veilchen énekhangra és for orchestra (1899)

Text: Emil Prinz von Schoenaich-Carolath: Lieder an eine Verlorene (E. Hallberger, 1878)
Scoring: S solo; 3 fl, 2 ob, 2 cl in sib, 2 fg, cfg, 2 cor in re, 2 cor in fa, 2 tr in fa, 3 trb, 3 timp, archi
Unpublished
 

BB 19 (DD 58–61, 65, A1, 3–11, 13–15, B10–13)
Studies in composition (1899–1901), submitted to and corrected by Hans Koessler

Scherzo in Sonatenform (F minor) for string quartet (1899–1900), DD 58
Unpublished
Scherzo (B flat minor) for piano (c1900), DD 59
Unpublished
Six dances, for piano (c1900), DD 60a
First edition: No. 1, with the title “Danse orientale”, in Pressburger Zeitung (25 Dec 1913) [facsimile]
Arrangement: Nos. 1-2 for orchestra: DD 60b
Waltz for orchestra (c1900), DD 60b (from DD 60a/1, 2)
Scoring: picc, 2 fl, 2 ob, cor i, 2 cl in la, 2 fg, 2 cor, 2 tr in fa, 3 trb, tb, timp, ptti, trgl, arp, archi
Unpublished
Three Mixed Choruses (1900–1901?), DD 61a
Text: No. 1 Heinrich Heine: Die Heimkehr, no. 87, in: Buch der Lieder; No. 2 Ludwig Uhland: Vorabend; No. 3 Uhland: Hans und Grete
Pieces:
1. Der Tod, das ist die kühle Nacht
2. Was streift vorbei im Dämmerlicht
3. Guckst du mir denn immer nach
Unpublished
Arrangement: No. 2 for male choir: DD 61b
Was streift vorbei im Dämmerlicht férfikarra (1900–1901?), DD 61b (from DD 61a/2)
Text: Ludwig Uhland: Vorabend
Unpublished
Scherzo (B flat major) for orchestra (c1901), DD 65
Scoring: 3 fl, 3 ob, 2 cl, 2 fg, 4 cor, 2 tr, 3 trb, 2 timp, archi
Unpublished
 

BB 20 (DD 62)
Liebeslieder for voice and piano (1900)

Text: No. 1 Friedrich Rückert: Lyrische Gedichte. Drittes Buch: Liebesfrühling. Erster Strauß: Erwacht, no. 3 (first published: Gesammelte Gedichte, Bd. 1, Erlangen, 1834); No. 2 Nikolaus Lenau: An die entfernte Geliebte, no. 1; No. 3 Lenau: An die Melancholie; No. 4 Friedrich von Bodenstedt: Die Lieder des Mirza-Schaffy, no. 13; No. 5 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: Mailied; No. 6 Friedrich Rückert
Pieces:
1. Du meine Liebe du mein Herz 
2. Diese Rose pflück ich hier 
3. Du geleitest mich zum Grabe
4. Ich fühle deinen Odem 
5. Wie herrlich leuchtet 
6. Herr! der du alles wohl gemacht
First edition: 2. és No. 4 Der junge Bartók I
Current edition: ©BR 2002 (801) [facsimile]
 

BB 21 (DD 63)
Scherzo ("F.F.B.B.") for piano (1900)

Dedication: Felicie Fábián
Unpublished
 

BB 22 (DD 64)
Variations, for piano (1900–1901)

First edition: Der junge Bartók II
 

BB 23 (DD 66)
Tempo di minuet for piano (1901)

Unpublished
 

BB 24 (DD 67 / W 1)
Four Songs (L. Pósa) for voice and piano (1902)

Text: Lajos Pósa
Duration: [BBCE recording 4’49”]
Pieces:
1. Őszi szellő [Autumn Breeze] [BBCE recording 1’14”]
2. Még azt vetik a szememre [They Are Accusing Me Of] [BBCE recording 53”]
3. Nincs olyan bú [Ther Is No Greater Sorrow] [BBCE recording 1’47”]
4. Ejnye, ejnye [Oh Dear, Oh Dear] [BBCE recording 55”]
First edition: BFT 1904 (798)
Arrangement: No. 1 for piano: BB 38/2
 

BB 25 (DD 68 / W 2)
Symphony, for orchestra (1902) (fragment, except Mov. III: Scherzo)

Scoring: picc, 3 fl, 3 ob, cor i, 3 cl in sib, cl b in sib, 3 fg, cfg, 6 cor, 4 tr in fa, 3 trb, tb, timp, trgl, tamb picc, gr c, ptti, 2 arp, archi
Unpublished
Movements:
I.
II.
III. Scherzo
IV.
First performance: 29 Feb 1904, Bp: Hungarian Royal Opera House orchestra [Magyar Királyi Operaház zenekara], cond. István Kerner [Mov. III]
Further important performances: 28 Sep 1961, Bp: Budapest Symphony Orchestra [Magyar Rádió és Televízió Szimfonikus Zenekara], cond. György Lehel [Mov. III and mov. II. reconstructed by Denijs Dille]; 30 Oct 1968, Bp: Budapest Symphony Orchestra, cond. György Lehel [complete work, without recapitulation in mov. I, reconstructed by Dille] (radio broadcast)
 

BB 26a (DD 69)
Duo for two violins

First edition: Denis Dille: Thematisches Verzeichnis der Jugendwerke Béla Bartóks 1890-1904 (Bp: Akadémiai Kiadó, 1974) [facsimile]
 

BB 26b (DD 70)
Andante, A major, for violin és piano

Dedication: Adila Arányi
Duration: [BBCE recording 3'46"]
First edition: ©EMB 1980 (8961)
Facsimile edition: EMB 1980 (8944)
 

BB 27 (DD 71 / W 6)
Four Piano Pieces (1903)

Dedication: No. 1 István Thomán; No. 2 Emma Gruber; No. 3 Emsy and Irmy Jurkovics; No. 4 Ernő Dohnányi
Duration: [BNS recording 26'05"]
Pieces and their durations:
1. Study for the Left Hand [BNS recording 9'27"]
2. Fantasy I [BNS recording 4'58"]
3. Fantasy II [BNS recording 3'23"]
4. Scherzo [BNS recording 8'17"]
First edition: BFT 1904 (797, 799–801)
Current edition: ©EMB 1956 (2335); Piano Music I
First performance: 27 Mar 1903, Bp: Bartók [No. 2]; 13 Apr 1903, Nagyszentmiklós (Sînnicolaul Mare): Bartók [No. 1]; 25 Nov 1903, Bp: Bartók [No. 4]; 14 Dec 1903, Berlin: Bartók [No. 3]
 

BB 28 (DD 72 / W 4)
Sonata for Violin and Piano (1903) (and a fragment, DD B14)

Duration: [BBCE recording 28'35"]
Movements and their durations:
I. Allegro moderato  [BBCE recording 9'13"]
II. Andante  [BBCE recording 9'38"]
III. Vivace  [BBCE recording 9'38"]
First edition: Movs I–II DocB I; Mov. III DocB II
Current edition: ©EMB 1968 (5366)
First performance: 8 Jun 1903, Bp: Sándor Kőszegi, Bartók [Mov. III]; 25 Jan 1904, Bp: Jenő Hubay, Bartók (?) [complete]
 

BB 29 (DD 73 / W 5)
Evening, for voice and piano (1903)

Text: Harsányi Kálmán, first published in Költemények (Singer és Wolfner, 1903)
Duration: [BBCE recording 3’40”]
First edition: Der junge Bartók I
 

BB 30 (DD 74 / W 5)
Evening, for male choir (1903)

Text: Kálmán Harsányi, first published in Költemények (Singer és Wolfner, 1903)
Duration: [BBCE recording 3’32”]
First edition: ©1965 EMB (4514)
 

BB 31 (DD 75 / W 3)
Kossuth for orchestra (1903) (and Marche funèbre for piano, 1903)

Scoring: picc, 3 fl (1. anche picc), 3 ob, cor i, cl in mib, 2 cl in la, si b, cl b in la, sib, 3 fg, cfg, 8 cor, 4 tr in sib, fa, do, tr b in do, 3 trb, 2 tb t in sib, tb, 3 timp, ptti, trgl, tamb picc, gr c, tamt, 2 arp, archi
Duration: ca. 21'
Sections:
I. („Kossuth”)
II. („Mi bú nehezül lelkedre, édes férjem?” / “Why are you so grieved, my dear husband?”)
III. („Veszélyben a haza!” / “The fatherland is in danger!”)
IV. („Hajdan jobb időket éltünk” / “Formerly we had a better life”)
V. („Majd rosszra fordult sorsunk” / “Then our fate changed for the worse”)
VI. („Harcra fel!” / “Up and fight them!”)
VII. („Jöjjetek jöjjetek! szép magyar vitézek, szép magyar leventék!” / “Come, come! You splendid lads, you valiant Hungarian warriors!”)
VIII. ...
IX. („Mindennek vége!” / “All is over!”)
X. („Csöndes minden, csöndes” / “Everything is quiet, very quiet”)
First edition: ©EMB 1963 (4116)
First performance: 13 Jan 1904, Bp: Philharmonic Society orchestra [Filharmóniai Társaság Zenekara], cond. István Kerner
Further important early performance: 18 Feb 1904, Manchester: cond. Richter János

Marche funèbre for piano:
Duration: [BNS recording 4'56"]
First editions: Magyar Lant (1 May 1905); ©Béla Bartók n.d. [1905] (B.B.1)
Revised edition: ©R 1911 (344)
Current edition: ©EMB 1950 (7995); Piano Music I
 

BB 32 (DD 76)
Four Songs, for voice and piano (1903) (lost)

Remark: probably identical with BB 24
 

BB 33 (DD 77 / W 7)
Piano Quintet (1903–1904)

Scoring: pf, 2 vl, vla, vlc
Duration: [BBCE recording 38’17”]
Movements:
I. Andante – Allegro  [BBCE recording 11’58”]
II. Vivace (Scherzando)  [BBCE recording 7’58”]
III. Adagio  [BBCE recording 10’43”]
IV. Poco a poco più vivace  [BBCE recording 7’37”]
First edition: ©EMB 1970 (6338)
First performance: 21 Nov 1904, Vienna: Bartók, Prill Quartet
Further important early performance: 19 Mar 1910, Bp: Bartók, Waldbauer–Kerpely Quartet
 

BB 34 (DD C8 / Sz 30)
Székely Folksong („Piros alma”) for voice and piano (1904)

Duration: [BBCE recording 1’39”]
First edition: Magyar Lant (25 Feb 1905)
Facsimile edition: DocB IV
First performance: probably 27 Sep 1957, Bp: Gabriella Gál, Ferenc Rados

 

Mature works 1904–1945

 

Final opus numbers

 

BB 35 (Sz 28 / W 9)
Scherzo for orchestra and piano, op. 2 (1904)

Scoring: pf solo; picc, 3 fl (3. anche picc), 2 ob, cor i, cl in lab, cl in mib, 2 cl in sib, 3 fg, cfg, 4 cor, 3 tr in sib, fa, 3 trb, tb, 4 timp, trgl, tamb picc, tamb, ptti, gr c, tam-t, camp, 2 arp, archi
Duration: [BNS recording 30']
First edition: ©EMB 1961 (3556); reduction for two pianos by Olivér Nagy: ©EMB 1962 (3557)
First performance: 28 Sep 1961, Bp: Bp: Erzsébet Tusa, Budapest Symphony Orchestra [Magyar Rádió és Televízió Szimfonikus Zenekara], cond. György Lehel
 

BB 36a (Sz 26 / W 8)
Rhapsody, op. 1, for piano solo (1904)

Dedication: Emma Gruber
Duration: [BNS recording 18'54"]
First edition: ©Rv 1923 (3199) – earlier, incomplete publication: “Adagio mesto” section: Rv 1909 (3199)
Current editions: ©EMB 1955 (1971); Piano Music I
First performance: 25 May 1905, Újpest: Bartók
 

BB 36b (Sz 27 / W 8)
Rhapsody, op. 1, for piano and orchestra (1905)

Scoring: pf solo; picc, 2 fl, 2 ob, 2 cl in sib (2. anche cl b), 2 fg, 4 cor, 2 tr, 3 trb, timp, trgl, tamb picc, ptti, gr c, tamt, archi
Duration: 17'
First edition: ©Rv 1910 (no plate number)
Current edition: ©EMB 1954 (1023)
First performance: Aug 1905, Paris: Bartók, Lamoureux Orchestra, cond. Camille Chevillard
Further important early performance: 15 Nov 1909, Bp: Bartók, Music Academy orchestra, cond. Jenő Hubay
Recording by the composer: Babitsné (30 Apr 1939, Bp), HCD 12336/1 [cond. Ernő Dohnányi] [fragments]

Reduction for 2 pianos:
First edition: ©Rv 1910 (3337)
Revised edition: 2nd edn: Rv 1919 (3337)
Current edition: ©EMB 1955 (2117)
 

BB 37 (Sz 29 / W –)
Hungarian Folksongs (1st series), nos. 1–4, for voice and piano (c1904–1905)

Pieces:
1. Lekaszálták már a rétet [They mowed the pasture already]
2. Add reám csókodat, el kell mennem [Kiss me for I have to leave]
3. Fehér László lovat lopott [Fehér László stole a horse]
4. Az egri ménes mind szürke [The horses of Eger are all grey]
First edition: No. 1 Der junge Bartók I; No. 4 DocB IV; Nos. 2–3 unpublished
Arrangement: No. 2 for piano: BB 38/1

 

BB 38 (Sz 29 / W –)
Petits morceaux, for piano (1905) (from BB 37/2 and BB 24/1)

Duration: [BNS recording 2'57"]
Pieces:
1. Adagio  [BNS recording 2']
2. Moderato  [BNS recording 57"]
First edition: Der junge Bartók II
First performance: Aug 1905, Paris: Bartók
 

BB 39 (Sz 31 / W 10)
Suite no. 1, op. 3, for orchestra (1905)

Scoring: picc, 3 fl, 2 ob, cor i, cl in re, 2 cl in la, cl b in la, 3 fg, cfg, 4 cor, 3 tr in sib, 3 trb, tb, timp, ptti, trgl, tamb, camp, 2 arp, archi
Duration: 34'10"–35'26"
Pieces:
I. Allegro vivace
II. Poco adagio
III. Presto
IV. Moderato
V. Molto vivace
First edition: Rv 1912 (3513)
Current editions: ©EMB 1956 (1022) [pocket score], (10075) [full score]
First performances: 29 Nov 1905, Vienna: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, cond. Ferdinand Löwe [without Mov. II]; 15 May 1907, Bp: Music Academy orchestra, cond. István Kerner [Movs. I, II, V]; 1 Mar 1909, Bp: Music Academy orchestra, cond. Jenő Hubay [complete]

 

BB 40 (Sz 34 / W 12)
Suite no. 2, op. 4, for orchestra (1905–1907)

Scoring: 2 fl (2. anche picc), 2 ob (2. anche cor i), 2 cl in la e in sib (1. anche cl in mib, 2. anche cl b in sib), 2 fg (2. anche cfg), 3 cor, 2 tr in sib, timp, trgl, tamb picc, tamt, ptti, gr c, 2 arp, archi
Duration: 25' (in the 1948 edn), ca. 30' (in the 2000 edn)
Pieces:
I. Comodo
II. Allegro scherzando
III. Andante
IV. Comodo
First edition: Béla Bartók 1907 (B.B.)
Revised edition: 1st rev.: ©UE 1921 (6986) [© assigned 1939 to H&S]; 2nd rev.: ©H&S 1948 (16160)
Current edition: New corrected edition: ©H&S 2000 (HPS 607)
First performances: 2 Jan 1909, Berlin: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, cond. Bartók [Mov. II]; 22 Nov 1909, Bp: Philharmonic Society orchestra [Filharmóniai Társaság Zenekara], cond. István Kerner [complete]; 24 Jan 1921, Bp: Philharmonic Society orchestra, cond. Ernő Dohnányi [revised version]
Arrangement: for two pianos: BB 122

 

BB 41 (Sz 32 / W 11)
Children’s Songs (“For the little ‘tót’”), for voice and piano (1905)

Text: No. 1 Sándor Peres; No. 3 István Havas; Nos. 2, 4 and 5 unknown author
Dedication: a kicsi „tót”-nak [to the little ‘tót’] [Béla Oláh Tóth]
Pieces:
1. Álmos vagyok édesanyám lelkem [I am sleepy my dear mother]
2. Ejnye, ejnye, nézz csak ide [Oh, oh, look here]
3. Puha meleg tolla van a kismadárnak [The little bird has soft and warm feathers]
4. Bim bam, bim bam, zúg a harang [Bim, bam, bim, bam, rings the bell]
5. Esik eső esdegél száraz fákra [The rain is falling on the dry trees]
First edition: Nos. 1 and 3, with the title “Esti dal” and “A jótevők”, resp., with slightly altered text and rhythm, extended, in Ödön Geszler, Gyakorlati és elméleti énekiskola a polgári fiú- és leányiskolák számára, vol. I (Bp: R 1917); Nos. 2, 4 and 5 unpublished
Facsimile edition: No. 3 János Demény (ed.), Bartók Béla. Levelek, fényképek, kéziratok, kották (Bp: Magyar Művészeti Tanács, 1948)

 

BB 42 (Sz 33 / W 13)
Hungarian Folksongs, for voice and piano (1906) (nos. 1–10: Béla Bartók; nos. 11–20: Zoltán Kodály)

Duration: [BBCE recording 12'35"]
Pieces:
1. Elindultam szép hazámbul / Far Behind I Left My Country [BBCE recording 52"]
2. Által mennék én a Tiszán ladikon / Crossing the River [BBCE recording 40"]
3a. Fehér László / The Horse-thief
3b. Fehér László / The Horse-thief [BBCE recording 2'42"]
4a. A gyulai kert alatt / In the Summer Fields [BBCE recording 46"]
4b. A kertmegi kert alatt / I Was in a Garden Green [BBCE recording 26"]
5. Ucca, ucca, ég az ucca
6. Ablakomba, ablakomba / Deceived in Love [BBCE recording 52"]
7. Száraz ágtól messze virít a rózsa / Love’s a Burden [BBCE recording 1'41"]
8. Végigmentem a tárkányi / Walking Through the Town [BBCE recording 33"]
9. Nem messze van ide kis Margitta / The Horseman [BBCE recording 3'23"]
10. Szánt a babám / My Love Has Gone A-ploughing [BBCE recording 39"]
First edition: R 1906 (B.K.) [©Bartók Béla, Kodály Zoltán; © assigned 1923 to R]
Revised edition: 2nd, revised edn: R 1933 (1584), ©Rv 1938 (R.K.1584) [© assigned 1950 to EMB]
Current editions: ©EMB 1953 (1175), with German text: 1969 (5766), with English text: 1970 (5779)
Arrangement: rewritten form of Nos. 1, 2, 4a, 9 and 8: BB 97
Remark: No. 5 was left out of later editions. In R 1933 No. 3b became No. 4 and No. 4a and 4b became No. 5a and 5b. In Rv 1938 No. 3a and 3b were restored and No. 4b replaced the original No. 5.

 

BB 43 (Sz 33a / W –)
Hungarian Folksongs (2nd series), for voice and piano (nos. 1–10) (1906–1907)

Duration: [BBCE recording 14'55"]
Pieces and their durations:
1. Tiszán innen, Tiszán túl / On this side of the Tisza, beyond the Tisza [BBCE recording 2'16"]
2. Erdők, völgyek, szűk ligetek / Forests, valleys, tight groves [BBCE recording 2'12"]
3. Olvad a hó / The snow is melting [BBCE recording 1'34"]
4. Ha bemegyek a csárdába / When I go to the inn [BBCE recording 1'52"]
5. Fehér László lovat lopott / László Fehér stole a horse [BBCE recording 2'04"]
6. Megittam a piros bort / I drank the glass of red wine [BBCE recording 39"]
7. Ez a kislány gyöngyöt fűz / This little girl is threading pearls [BBCE recording 59"]
8. Sej, mikor engem katonának visznek / Hey, when they take me into the army [BBCE recording 1'14"]
9. Még azt mondják / People gossip [BBCE recording 53"]
10. Kis kece lányom / My little girl [BBCE recording 1'12"]
First edition: Nos. 4, 6, 7 and 8 Der junge Bartók I
Current editions: ©BR 2002 (705); ©EMB 2004 (14377)
Arrangement: Nos. 5 and 10 for piano: BB 53/II.28, I.17

 

BB 44 (Sz 33b / W –)
Two Hungarian Folksongs, for voice and piano (1907)

Duration: [BBCE recording 2’32”]
Pieces:
1. Édesanyám rózsafája [My mother’s rose tree] [BBCE recording 46”]
2. Túl vagy rózsám, túl vagy a Málnás erdején [My sweetheart, you are beyond the Málnás woods] [BBCE recording 1’46”]
First edition: No. 1 Der junge Bartók I; No. 2 DocB IV

 

BB 45a (Sz 35 / W 14)
From Gyergyó, for recorder and piano (1907)

Duration: [BNS recording 2'58"]
Pieces:
1. (Rubato)
2. (Poco più mosso)
3. Tempo di marcia
First edition: ©EMB 1961 (3744)
Arrangement: for piano: BB 45b

 

BB 45b (Sz 35a / W 14)
Three Hungarian Folksongs from Csík, for piano (1907) (from BB 45a)

Duration: [BNS recording 3'14"]
Pieces and their durations:
1. Rubato [BNS recording 1'22"]
2. L’istesso tempo [BNS recording 1'09"]
3. Poco vivo [BNS recording 43"]
First edition: R 1908 (419. 1580)
Current editions: ©EMB 1954 (1764); Piano Music I
Arrangement: No. 3 for voice and piano: BB 47/5

 

BB 46 (Sz 35b / W –)
Four Slovak Folksongs, for voice and piano (c1907)

Pieces and their durations:
1. V tej bystrickej bráne [Roses in the fields] [BBCE recording 1’46”]
2. Pod lipko, nad lipko
3. Pohřebni píseň [Dirge] [BBCE recording 2’28”]
4. Priletel pták [The message] [BBCE recording 2’51”]
First edition: Nos. 1, 3 and 4 Der junge Bartók I; No. 2 unpublished
First performance: 25 Oct 1907, Berlin: Valerie and István Thomán [Nos. 1–2]

 

BB 47 (Sz 64 / W 17)
Eight Hungarian Folksongs, for voice and piano (nos. 1–5: 1907; nos. 6–8: 1917)

Duration: ca. 8'59"
Pieces and their durations:
1. Fekete főd, fehér az én zsebkendőm / Snow-white kerchief, dark both field and furrow show ca. 1’10” [Bartók recording 1’23”]
2. Istenem, Istenem, áraszd meg a vizet / Coldly runs the river, reedy banks o’er flowing ca. 1’14” [Bartók recording 1’18”]
3. Asszonyok, asszonyok, had’ legyek társatok / Women, women, listen, let me share your labour ca. 1’ [Bartók recording 1’07”]
4. Annyi bánat a szívemen / Skies above are heavy with rain ca. 1’05”
5. Ha kimegyek arr’ a magos tetőre / If I climb the rocky mountains all day through ca. 1’ [Bartók recording 1’05”]
6. Töltik a nagyerdő útját / All the lads to war they’ve taken ca. 1’20” [Bartók recording 1’19”]
7. Eddig való dolgom a tavaszi szántás / Spring begins with labour; then’s the time for sowing ca. 1’15” [Bartók recording 1’27”]
8. Olvad a hó, csárdás kis angyalom / Snow is melting, oh, my dear, my darling ca. 55” [Bartók recording 1’02”]
First edition: ©UE 1922 (7191) [© assigned 1939 to H&S]
Current edition: English version: ©H&S 1955 (18065)
First performances: 25 Oct 1907, Berlin: Valerie and István Thomán [No. 5]; 27 Nov 1911, Bp: Dezső Róna, Bartók [Nos. 1–5, with the title “Öt régi magyar népdal Csik-megyéből” (Five Old Hungarian Folksongs from Csík)]; 12 Jan 1918, Vienna: Ferenc Székelyhidy, Bartók [Nos. 6–8]
Recording by the composer: Nos. 1–3 and 5–8 HMV (Dec 1928, Bp), HCD 12328/3–5 [with Mária Basilides and Ferenc Székelyhidy]

 

BB 48a (Sz 36 / W 15)
Violin Concerto, op. posth. (“no. 1,” 1907–1908)

Dedication: Stefi Geyer
Scoring: vl solo; 2 fl (2. anche picc), 2 ob, cor i, 2 cl in la (2. anche cl b), 2 fg , 4 cor, 2 tr in sib, 2 trb, tb, timp, trgl, gr c, 2 arp, archi
Duration: [BNS recording 19'48"]
Movements and their durations:
I. Andante sostenuto [BNS recording 8'37"]
II. Allegro giocoso [BNS recording 11'11"]
First edition: ©B&H 1959 (18502); reduction for violin and piano by Hans-Heinz Schneeberger: ©B&H 1958 (18483)
First performance: Mov. I: see BB 48b/1; complete: 30 May 1958, Basle: Hans-Heinz Schneeberger, Basle Chamber Orchestra, cond. Paul Sacher
Arrangement: Mov. II for violin and piano (1907–1908, unpublished)
Remark: Mov. I = BB 48b/1

 

BB 48b (Sz 37 / W 16)
Two Portraits, op. 5, for orchestra (1907–1911)

Scoring: vl solo; 2 fl (2. anche picc), 2 ob, 2 cl in la e mi b (2. anche cl b in la, sib), 2 fg , 4 cor, 2 tr in sib, 3 trb, tb, timp, trgl, gr c, tamb picc, tamt, ptti, 2 arp, archi
Duration: 13'
Pieces:
1. Egy ideális [An Ideal]
2. Egy torz [A Grotesque]
First edition: R 1911 (767)
Current editions: 3rd edn corr. by D. Dille: EMB 1964 (1002/b); EMB é.n. (40053) [pocket score]; ©EMB 1954 (1673) [full score]
First performances: 12 Feb 1911, Bp: Imre Waldbauer, National Theatre Symphony Orchestra [Országos Szimfóniai Zenekar], cond. László Kun [No. 1]; 20 Apr 1916, Bp: Emil Barré, Philharmonic Society orchestra [Filharmóniai Társaság Zenekara], cond. István Strasser [complete]
Remark: No. 1 = BB 48a/I; No. 2 = orchestration of BB 50/14

 

BB 49 (Sz 41 / W 21)
Two Elegies, op. 8b, for piano (1908–1909)

Duration: [BNS recording 14'41"]
Pieces and their durations:
1. Grave [BNS recording 6'43"]
2. Molto adagio, sempre rubato [BNS recording 7'58"]
First edition: R 1910 (478)
Current editions: EMB 1960 [©1955] (2128); Piano Music I; Early Piano Works
First performances: 17 Oct 1917, Bp: Ernő Dohnányi [No. 2]; 21 Apr 1919, Bp: Bartók [No. 1]
Remarks: Bartók indicated the tonalities of the two pieces as D minor and C sharp minor, resp. For corrections of misprints of the EMB edition, see András Wilheim, “Bartók Két elégiájának kiadásairól” [On the editions of Bartók’s Two Elegies], Muzsika 25/4 (1982), 40–43.

 

BB 50 (Sz 38 / W 18)
Fourteen Bagatelles, op. 6, for piano (1908)

Duration: 23'17"
Pieces and their durations:
1. Molto sostenuto 1'20" [durations from the 1998 edn]
2. Allegro giocoso 48" [Bartók erroneously wrote 1’48”] [Bartók recording (b) 41", (c) 43"]
3. Andante 45"
4. Grave (Mikor gulyásbojtár voltam) 1'10"
5. Vivo (Ej’ po pred naš, po pred naš) 1'10"
6. Lento 1'35"
7. Allegretto molto capriccioso 1'57" [Bartók recording 2'06"]
8. Andante sostenuto 1'45"
9. Allegretto grazioso 1'37"
10. Allegro 2'23" [Bartók recording 2'17"]
11. Allegretto molto rubato 2'
12. Rubato 3'06"
13. (Elle est morte...) Lento funebre 1'46"
14. Valse (Ma mie qui danse...) Presto 1'55"
First edition: R 1909 (338)
Revised editions: Nos. 2, 3, 5, 10 and 14 Béla Bartók Album, ©R 1912 (7045); complete: ©S. A. Edizioni Suvini Zerboni 1952 (S. 4814 Z.); ©EMB 1953 (934)
Current editions: New, revised edn (ed. Péter Bartók): ©EMB 1998 (934); Early Piano Works
First performances: 29 Jun 1908, Baden/Wien: Bartók (private performance); 12 Mar 1910, Paris: Bartók [Nos. 1–7, 9–12 and 14]
Further important early performance: 19 Mar 1910, Bp: Bartók [Nos. 1–5, 7, 9–10, 12 and 14]
Recordings by the composer: (a) Nos. 10 and 7 Phon (1 May 1912, Rákoskeresztúr?), HCD 12334/3–4a; (b) No. 2 HMV (Nov 1929, Bp), HCD 12326/7a; (c) No. 2 Cont (Oct 1942, USA), HCD 12331/5a
Arrangement: No. 14 for orchestra: BB 48b/2
Remark: Bartók indicated the tonalities of the pieces as C major, D flat major, C major, D minor, G minor, B major, D sharp minor, G minor, E flat major, C major, A flat minor, B minor, E flat major and D minor.

 

BB 51 (Sz 39 / W 19)
Ten Easy Piano Pieces (1908)

Duration: [BNS recording 18'21"]
Pieces and their durations:
Dedication [BNS recording 3'30"]
1. Peasant Song (ca 50") [BNS recording 1'02"]
2. Painful Struggle (ca 1'22") [BNS recording 1'35"]
3. Slovak Young Men’s Dance (ca 47") [BNS recording 52"]
4. Sostenuto [BNS recording 1'36"]
5. Evening in Transylvania [Bartók recording (b) 2'35", (c) 2'33", (e) 2'48", BNS recording 2'35"]
6. Hungarian Folk Song [BNS recording 52"]
7. Dawn [BNS recording 1'26"]
8. Folk Song (ca 1'05") [BNS recording 1'18"]
9. Finger Study [BNS recording 1'33"]
10. Bear Dance [Bartók recording (a) 1'57", (c) 1'37", (d) 1'39", (e) 1'45", BNS recording 1'46"]
First edition: R 1909 (293)
Revised editions: Rv (R.K.293); ©Edizioni Suvini-Zerboni 1950, Liber-Southern (no plate number)
Current editions: ©EMB 1951 (300); Piano Music I; ©Shunjūsha 2008
First performances: 15 Nov 1909, Bp: Bartók [No. 10]; 8 Jan 1910, Berlin: Rudolf Ganz [Nos. 5 and 10]
Recordings by the composer: (a) No. 10 Phon (1 May 1912, Rákoskeresztúr?), HCD 12334/2a; (b) No. 5 Welte-Licensee (c1928 New York), HCD 12326/1a; (c) Nos. 5 and 10 HMV (Nov 1929, Bp), HCD 12326/5; (d) Nos. 5 [fragment] and 10, 31 Jan 1935, Hilversum, HCD 12334/10–11; (e) Nos. 5 and 10 New Jersey “Kossuth” Radio (2 Jan 1945?), HCD 12331/10
Arrangement: Nos. 5 and 10 for orchestra: BB 103/1, 2
Remark: Durations of those pieces which were taken over into the collection Young People at the Piano (©R, Rv 1938 [6171–6172]) are given in parantheses.

 

BB 52 (Sz 40 / W 20)
String Quartet no. 1, op. 7 (1908–1909)

Duration: [BNS recording 30'05"]
Movements and their durations:
I. Lento [BNS recording 9'25"]
II. Allegretto [BNS recording 8'47"]
(Introduzione)
III. Allegro vivace [BNS recording 11'52"]
First edition: ©Rv 1911 (3287) [© assigned 1950 to EMB]
Revised edition: ©EMB 1956 (1585)
Current edition: Rev. edn (ed. Denijs Dille): EMB 1964 (1585), 1981 (40034)
First performance: 19 Mar 1910, Bp: Waldbauer–Kerpely Quartet

 

BB 53 (Sz 42 / W 22)
For Children, for piano (1908–1910)

Pieces and their durations:
Vols. I–II, based on Hungarian folk songs / revised edition, Vol. I
1. (Süssünk, süssünk valamit) / 1. Children at Play 32" (ca 30")
2. (Süss fel nap) / 2. Children’s Song 48" (ca 50")
3. (Elvesztettem páromat) / 3. – 45" (ca 45") [Bartók recording 50"]
4. (Elvesztettem zsebkendőmet) / 4. Pillow Dance 58" (ca 50") [Bartók recording 46"]
5. (Cickom, cickom) / 5. Play 1'05"
6. (Hej tulipán, tulipán) / 6. Study for the Left Hand 50" (ca 45") [Bartók recording 43"]
7. (Keresd meg a tűt) / 7. Play Song 28"
8. (Ej görbénye, görbénye) / 8. Children’s Game 1'30"
9. (Fehér liliomszál) / 9. Song
10. (Az oláhok, az oláhok) / 10. Children’s Dance 40" (ca 38") [Bartók recording (b) 30", (c) 42"]
11. (Elvesztettem páromat) / 11. – 56"
12. (Lánc, lánc, este, lánc) / 12. – 1'20" [Bartók recording 1'18"]
13. (Megöltek egy legényt) / 13. Ballad 52" [Bartók recording 54"]
14. (A csanádi legények) / 14. – 32"
15. (Icike, picike az istvándi utca) / 15. – 28" (ca 30") [Bartók recording 31"]
16. (Nem loptam én életembe) / 16. Old Hungarian Tune
17. (Kis kece lányom) / 17. Round Dance 1'
18. (Nagyváradi kikötőbe) / 18. Soldier’s Song 1'02" [Bartók recording 1'05"]
19. (Ha bemegyek, ha bemegyek, ha bemegyek a dobozi csárdába) / 19. – 40" [Bartók recording 38"]
20. – / 20. Drinking Song 25"
21. – / 21. – 42" [Bartók recording 47"]
22. (Debrecenbe kéne menni) / 22. – 52" (ca 52")
23. (Így kell járni, úgy kell járni) / 23. Dance Song 50"
24. (Víz, víz, víz) / 24. – 37"
25. (Három alma meg egy fél)
26. (Kerülj rózsám, kerülj) / 26. – 40" (ca 45") [Bartók recording 41"]
27. – / 27. Jest [Tréfa. Scherzo] 50"
28. (Fehér László lovat lopott) / 25. – 37"
29. (Ej, haj, micsoda)
30. (Felhozták a kakast) / 28. Choral 1'30"
31. (Anyám, édesanyám) / 29. Pentatonic Tune 50"
32. (Besüt a nap a templomba) / 30. Jeering Song 36" [Bartók recording 33"]
33. (Csillagok, csillagok, szépen ragyogjatok) / 31. – 1'30" [Bartók recording 1'31"]
34. (Fehér fuszujkavirág) / 32. – 1'15"
35. (Kertbe virágot szedtem) / 33. – 45"
36. (Nem messzi van ide Margitta) / 34. – 30" [Bartók recording 32"]
37. (Ha felmegyek a budai nagy hegyre) / 35. – 27" [Bartók recording 28"]
38. (Tíz litero bennem van) / 36. Drunkard’s Song 35"
39. (Házasodik a tücsök, szúnyog lányát kéri) / 37. SwineHerd’s Song 36"
40. (Agyon az úr isten) / 38. Winter Solstice Song 1'07"
41. („Elmész rúzsám?” „El biz én”) / 39. – 1'35"
42. (Házasodik a tücsök) / 40. SwineHerd’s Dance 1'45"
Vols. III–IV, based on Slovak folk songs / revised edition, Vol. II
1. (Keby boly čerešne, čerešne, višne, višne) / 1. – 30"
2. (Katalina, malina) / 2. – 43"
3. (Pod lipko, nad lipko edná mala dve) / 3. – 28"
4. Lakodalmas, Chanson nuptiale, Svatebné (Ej, Lado! Lado!) / 4. Wedding Song 30"
5. Változatok, Variations, Proměny (Lecela pava, lecela) / 5. Variations 2'15"
6. Játékdal, Rondo, Hra (Stará babá zlá) / 6. Round Dance I 40" (ca 36")
7. Betyárnóta, Chanson du vagbond, Betǎŕská píseň (Ked som išol z vojny) / 7. Sorrow 50" (ca 50")
8. Táncdal, Danse, Tanec (Hej na prešovskej turni dva holubky šedza) / 8. Dance 37" (ca 33")
9. Gyermekdal, Ronde, Dětská písen (Zabelej sa, zabelej, zabelej) / 9. Round Dance II 30"
10. Temetésre szól az ének, Funerailles, Smuteční (V mikulášskej kompanii) / 10. Funeral Song 1'12"
11. (V tej bystrickej bráne) / 11. – 1'
12. (Šuhajova mati) / 12. – 40"
13. (Anička mlynárova)/ 13. – 2×20"
14. (Ore, ore šest' volov) / 14. – 34" (ca 35")
15. Dudanóta, Chanson de la cornemuse, Dudácká (Tancuj, dievča, tancuj) / 15. Bagpipe I 55"
16. Panasz, Plainte, Nařek / 16. Lament 50"
17. (Slúžilo dievča na fare) / 17. – 45"
18. Gúnydal, Moquerie, Vysměch (Mal som ta dievča) / 18. Teasing Song 36" (ca 33")
19. Románc, Romance, Romance (Dat'el na dube, žalostne dube) / 19. Romance 1'25"
20. Kergetődző, Jeu de poursuite, Honěná (Nechocže ty, Hanulienka z rana do trňa) / 20. Game of Tag 25"
21. Tréfa, Plaisanterie, Žert (Sadla dola, plakala) / 21. Pleasantry 1'
22. Duhajkodó, Chanson de ripaille, Lumpácká (Hnali švarni šuhaji kozy do dúbravy) / 22. Revelry 50" [Bartók recording 34"]
23. (Ja som bača velmi starí)
24. (Koj som išol cez horu) / 23. – 40" (ca 40")
25. (Ďatel' na dube, žalostne dube) / 24. – 50" (ca 48")
26. Scherzando / 25. Scherzando 45"
27. Csúfolódás, Moquerie, Výsměch
28. Furulyaszó, Chant flûté, Flétistá pastýřska / 26. Peasant’s Flute 1' (ca 55")
29. Még egy tréfa, Plaisanterie, Jěstě jeden žart / 27. Pleasantry II 50"
30. (Dosti som sa nachodil) / 28. – 55"
31. Kánon / 29. Canon 52"
32. Szól a duda, Cornemuse, Dudácká (Zahradka, zahradka) / 30. Bagpipe II 57" (ca 50")
33. Árvagyerek, D’orphelin, Sirotek (Ej, hory, hory, zelené hory)
34. Románc (Viem ja jeden hájiček)
35. Nóta egy másik betyárról, Le „bétyar”, Ozvǒnaza betǎŕem (Bol by ten Jánošík) / 31. The Highway Robber 42"
36. (Kebych ja vedela) / 32. – 55"
37. (Pri Prešporku, pri čichom Dunajku) / 33. – 45"
38. Búcsú, Adieu, Loučení (Ešte sa raz obzriet’ mám) / 34. Farewell 1'35"
39. Ballada, Ballade, Ballada (Pásol Janko dva voly) / 35. Ballad 1'30"
40–41. Rapszódia (Hej! pofukuj povievaj, – Hej, ten stoličnỳ dom) / 36–37. Rhapsody 2'05"
42. Sirató ének, Plainte, Nařek / 38. Dirge 1'30"
43. Halotti ének, Chant funèbre, Pobřební písen (Dolu dolinami) / 39. Mourning Song 2'05"
First edition: Vol. I R 1909 (376); Vol. II R 1909 (377); Vols. I–II R 1909 (378); Vol. III R 1911 (634); Vol. IV R 1911 (728)
Revised editions: USA: ©B&H 1947 (15936, 15937); All other countries: ©Rv 1949 [plate numbers from the R edns] [© assigned 1950 to EMB]
Current editions: New, revised edn (ed. Péter Bartók): Vols. I–II EMB 1998 (5454), Vols. III–IV EMB 2000 (5455); ©Shunjūsha 2008
First performance: 23 Nov 1911, Szabadka (Subotica): Bartók [Vol. III, no. 19]
Further important early performances: 1 Feb 1913, Kecskemét: Bartók [selection]; 1914 Paris: Géza Vilmos Zágon [a few pieces]; 16 Apr 1920, Pozsony (Bratislava): Bartók [9 pieces from Vols. III–IV]; 26 Feb 1922, Kolozsvár (Cluj-Napoca): Bartók [Vols. I–II, nos. 3, 10, 32, 33, 36–38]; 31 Mar 1922, London: Bartók [selection]; 31 Oct 1922, Kolozsvár (Cluj-Napoca): Bartók [Vols. III–IV, nos. 16, 17, 8, 18, 28, 32, 39–41]; 27 Feb 1923, Bp: Bartók [the same programme], 11 Mar and 6 Nov 1923, Bp: Bartók [Vols. I–II, nos. 3, 10, 33, 34, 32], 7 and 11 May 1923, London: Bartók [8 pieces from Vols. III–IV]
Recordings by the composer: (a) Vol. III, no. 22 Phon (Jun 1910, Bp?), HCD 12334/1a; (b) Vol. I, no. 10 Phon (1 May 1912, Rákoskeresztúr?), HCD 12334/4b; (c) Vols. I–II, nos. 3, 4, 6, 10, 12–13, 15, 18–19, 21, 26, 32–33, 36–37 New Jersey “Kossuth” Radio (2 Jan 1945?), HCD 12331/11–13
Arrangements: Vol. I–II, no. 42 for orchestra: BB 103/5; Vol. I–II, nos. 34, 36, 17, 31, 16, 14, 19, 8 and 21 for violin and piano: BB 109
Remarks: The original numbering and title from the R edition and, in parantheses, the first words of the folksong stand first, then, after the slash, stand the numbering and title from the B&H edition. Durations of those pieces which were taken over into the collection Young People at the Piano (©R, Rv 1938 [6171–6172]) are given in parantheses.

Béla Bartók–Joseph Szigeti: Hungarian Folk Tunes, for violin and piano (1926)
Duration: [Bartók recording 7'27"]
Pieces:
Part I
Parlando (Fehér László lovat lopott)
Andante non molto (Nagyváradi kikötőbe)
Allegro vivace (Házasodik a tücsök)
Part II
Andante sostenuto (Csillagok, csillagok, szépen ragyogjatok)
Allegro (Hej tulipán, tulipán)
Part III
Andante (Megöltek egy legényt)
Poco vivace (Tíz litero bennem van)
First edition: ©UE 1927 (8784)
Revised editions: UE n.d. [1954] (8784); B&H n.d. (B. S. I. No. 25) [original and simplified versions]
Recording by the composer: Col (7 Jan 1930, London), HCD 12328/6 [with Joseph Szigeti]

 

BB 54 (Sz 44 / W 23)
Seven Sketches, op. 9b, for piano (1908–1910)

Dedication: No. 1 Mártának 1908 [to Márta, 1908] [Márta Ziegler]; No. 3 Emma and Zoltán Kodály
Duration: 11'30"
Pieces and their durations:
1. Leányi arckép / Portrait of a Girl. Andante (con moto) 1'40" [durations from the rev. edn]
2. Hinta palinta / See-Saw, Dickory-Daw (Comodo) 52"
3. Lento 1'50"
4. Non troppo lento 3'40"
5. Román népdal / Roumanian Folk Melody. Andante 1'10"
6. Oláhos / In Walachian Style. Allegretto 33" [Bartók recording 39"]
7. Poco lento 1'45"
First edition: ©R 1911 (769)
Revised edition: Revised 1945 by the composer: ©Edward B. Marks Music Corporation 1950 (12726-12)
Current editions: ©EMB 1954 (1762); Piano Music I; Early Piano Works
First performances: (?) 1914 Paris: Géza Vilmos Zágon; 27 Feb 1921, Bp: Bartók [No. 4]
Recordings by the composer: (a) No. 3 [fragment] Phon (Jun 1910, Bp?), HCD 12334/1b; (b) No. 6 Phon (1 May 1912, Rákoskeresztúr?), HCD 12334/2b
Remark: Bartók indicated the tonalities of nos. 4 and 7 as C sharp minor and B major, resp.

 

BB 55 (Sz 47 / W 24)
Three Burlesques, op. 8c, for piano (1908–1911)

Dedication: No. 1 Márta darabja 1908. nov. [Márta’s piece, Nov 1908] [Márta Ziegler]
Duration: [BNS recording 6'43"]
Pieces and their durations:
1. Perpatvar / Quarrel [BNS recording 2']
2. Kicsit ázottan / Slightly Tipsy [Bartók recording 2'03", BNS recording 2'15"]
3. Molto vivo capriccioso [BNS recording 2'28"]
First edition: ©Rv 1912 (3437)
Current editions: ©EMB 1954 (1763); Piano Music II
First performance: 18 May 1911, Bp: Bartók
Recording by the composer: No. 2 HMV (Nov 1929, Bp), HCD 12326/7b
Arrangement: No. 2 for orchestra: BB 103/4

 

BB 56 (Sz 43 / W 25)
Two Romanian Dances, op. 8a, for piano (1909–1910)

Duration: [BNS recording 8'27"]
Pieces and their durations:
1. Allegro vivace [Bartók recording 4'05", reserve recording 4'08", BNS recording 4'29"]
2. Poco allegro [BNS recording 3'46"]
First edition: ©Rv 1910 (3333)
Current editions: ©EMB 1951 (60); Piano Music I; Early Piano Works
Facsimile edition: EMB 1974
First performances: 12 Mar 1910, Paris: Bartók [No. 1]; 27 Mar 1911, Bp: Bartók [No. 2]
Further important early performance: 19 Mar 1910, Bp: Bartók [No. 1]
Recordings by the composer: (a) No. 1 HMV AN 469 (Nov 1929, Bp), HCD 12326/6, reserve recording HCD 12334/7; (b) No. 1 [fragment] 31 Jan 1935, Hilversum, HCD 12334/12
Arrangement: No. 1 for orchestra: BB 61
Remark: corrected form of No. 2 published only in Piano Music I

 

BB 57 (Sz 58/ W 39)
Two Romanian Folksongs, for female choir (c1909)

Pieces:
1. Nu t’e supăra ňireasă
2. Măi badiţă prostule
Unpublished
First performance: 23 May 1965, Győr: Győr Girls’ Choir [Győri Leánykar], cond. Miklós Szabó

 

BB 58 (Sz 45 / W 26)
Four Dirges, op. 9a, for piano (c1909–1910)

Duration: 9'41"
Pieces and their durations:
1. Adagio 2'12"
2. Andante 2'16"
3. Poco lento 2'18"
4. Assai andante 2'55"
First edition: ©Rv 1912 (3438)
Revised edition: Newly revised by the composer: ©Delkas Music Publishing Company 1945 (no plate number)
Current editions: ©EMB 1955 (1765); Piano Music II
First performance: 18 May 1911, Bp: Bartók
Arrangement: No. 2 for orchestra: BB 103/3

 

BB 59 (Sz 46 / W 27)
Two Pictures, op. 10, for orchestra (1910)

Scoring: 3 fl (3. anche picc.), 2 ob, cor i, 3 cl in sib (3. anche cl b), 3 fg (3. anche cfg), 4 cor, 4 tr in sib, 3 trb, tb, timp, ptti, gr c, camp, cel, 2 arp, archi
Duration: [BBCE recording 15'31"]
Pieces and their durations:
1. Virágzás / In Full Flower [BBCE recording 7'28"]
2. A falu tánca / Village Dance [BBCE recording 8'03"]
First edition: ©Rv 1912 (3557)
Current edition: ©EMB 1954 (1675) [full score]; ©EMB 1953 (1003) [pocket score]
First performance: 26 Feb 1913, Bp: Philharmonic Society orchestra [Filharmóniai Társaság Zenekara], cond. István Kerner
Remark: Some sources date the first performance one day earlier.

Piano reduction:
First edition: ©Rv 1912 (3558)
Current editions: ©EMB 1953 (867); Piano Music II

 

BB 60 (Sz 50 / W 30)
Four Old Hungarian Folksongs, for male choir (1910, rev. 1926)

Duration: [BBCE recording 3'56"]
Pieces and their durations:
1. Rég megmondtam bús gerlice / Little pigeon, I have told you [BBCE recording 1'32"]
2. Jaj Istenem, kire várok / Hey now, I’ve had too much waiting! [BBCE recording 36"]
3. Ángyomasszony kertje / In my sister’s garden, (pardon) [BBCE recording 52"]
4. Béreslegény, jól megrakd a szekeret / Load the cart well, ostler, do you understand? [BBCE recording 54"]
First edition: ©UE 1928 (8891) [© renewed 1955 by B&H]
First performances: 13 May 1911, Szeged: Szeged Chorus, cond. Péter König [original version]; 21 Nov 1926, Pozsony (Bratislava): Pozsony Toldy Club [Pozsonyi Toldy kör], cond. István László Németh [revised version]

 

BB 61 (Sz 47a / W 25)
Romanian Dance, for orchestra (1911) (from BB 56/I)

Scoring: 2 fl (1. anche picc), 2 ob (1., 2. anche cor i), 2 cl in sib (1., 2. anche cl b, 1. anche cl in mib), 2 fg, 4 cor, 2 tr in sib, 3 trb, timp, trgl, 2 tamb picc, 2 ptti, gr c, tamt, 2 arp, archi
Duration: 5'–5'15"
First edition: ©EMB 1965 (4692) [pocket score], (5033) [full score]
Current edition: EMB n.d. (40032)
First performance: 12 Feb 1911, Bp: National Theatre Symphony Orchestra [Országos Szimfóniai Zenekar], cond. László Kun

 

BB 62 (Sz 48 / W 28)
Duke Bluebeard’s Castle, op. 11, opera in one act (1911)
Text: Béla Balázs; the “Prologue” first published in Színjáték (20 April 1910); the complete libretto first published in Színjáték (23 June 1910), and in book format in Béla Balázs, Misztériumok Op. IV (Bp: Nyugat, 1912)
Dedication: Mártának [to Márta] [Márta Ziegler]
Duration: [BBCE recording 54'19"]
Scoring: 4 fl (3., 4. anche picc), 2 ob, cor i, 3 cl in la, sib, mib (3. anche cl b), 4 fg (4. anche cfg), 4 cor, 4 tr in sib, 4 trb, tb, 2 arp, cel, org, timp, gr c, tamb picc, tamt, ptti, xil a tastiera, trgl, archi; musica di scena: 4 tr in do, 4 trb alti
First edition: ©UE 1925 (7028) [© renewed 1952 by B&H]
Revised edition: UE 1963 (13641)
Current edition: ed. Peter Bartók: ©BR 2007 (BR 610 and UE 33085, conductor’s score: BR 610-C and UE 33247)
First performance: 24 May 1918, Bp, Hungarian Royal Opera House [Magyar Királyi Operaház]: Oszkár Kálmán, Olga Haselbeck, cond. Egisto Tango, dir. Dezső Zádor
Further important early performance: 29 October 1936, Bp, Hungarian Royal Opera House [Magyar Királyi Operaház]: Mihály Székely, Ella Némethy, cond. Sergio Failoni, dir. Kálmán Nádasdy

Vocal score:
First editions: ©UE 1921 (7026), with French and German text: ©1922 (7030) [© renewed 1949 by B&H]
Current edition: ©BR 2008 (BR 612 és UE 33086)
Facsimile edition: Balassi Kiadó, MTA Zenetudományi Intézet 2006

 

BB 63 (Sz 49 / W 29)
Allegro barbaro for piano (1911)

Duration: 2'35" [Bartók recording (a) 2'22", (b) 2'27"]
First edition: Nyugat 1913/1; ©UE 1918 (5904) [© renewed 1945 by Béla Bartók]
Current editions: New Edition: UE 1992 (5904); Dover 1998 (40110-3); BR 2002 (703)
First performance: 1 Feb 1913, Kecskemét: Bartók
Recording by the composer: (a) HMV AM 2622 (1930), HCD 12326/8; (b) 31 Jan 1935, Hilversum, HCD 12334/9
 

BB 64 (Sz 51 / W 31)
Four Orchestral Pieces, op. 12 (1912, orchestration 1921)

Scoring: 4 fl (3., 4. anche picc), 3 ob (3. anche cor i), 3 cl in la, sib (3. anche cl in mib, cl b), cl b in la, sib (anche cl in mib), 4 fg (4. anche cfg), 4 cor, 4 tr (anche cornetti) in sib, 4 trb, tb, timp, trgl, ptti, gr c, tamb picc, tamt, camp, 2 arp, cel, pf, archi
Duration: 25'
Pieces:
1. Preludio
2. Scherzo
3. Intermezzo
4. Marcia funebre
First edition: ©UE 1923 (7270)
Current edition: ©B&H 1952 (20745)
First performance: 9 Jan 1922, Bp: Philharmonic Society orchestra [Filharmóniai Társaság Zenekara], cond. Ernő Dohnányi
 

BB 65 (Sz 59 / W 40)
Nine Romanian Folksongs, for voice and piano (c1912)

Pieces:
1. [Aj Mă dusei la beserică]
2. [Hei, Tătă lumè vrè şi moru]
3. [Vai dă mine, ce şi fiii]
4. [Ciucuri verde de mătasă]
5. [Fămă, Doamne, ce mii face]
6. [Până fusei la maica, măi]
7. [Frunză verd’e, foaie fragă]
8. [Atâtea gânduri îmi vinu]
9. [Cine n’are norog n’are]
Unpublished
 

BB 66 (Sz 52 / W 32)
Béla Bartók–Sándor Reschofsky, Piano Method (1913)

Pieces composed by Bartók:

7.
8.
13.
14.
16.
17.
20.
21.
22.
24.
25.
26.
29.
33.
36.
40.
44.
46.
51.
55.
56.
57.
59.
68.
73.
77.
78.
82.
83. Allegro
89. Andante
92. Lento
94. Allegro
95. Andante
97. Andantino
99. Moderato
101. Allegro deciso
102. Adagio
105. Andante
108. Allegro moderato
109. Allegro
110. Andante
114. Allegro
115. Allegro moderato
116. Moderato
117. Vivace
118. Allegro deciso
119. Tempo di valse
120. Allegro moderato
First edition: ©Rv 1913 (3635)
Current editions: ©EMB 1954 (1632); Hungarian–German bilingual edn: ©EMB 1964 (4636); rev. edn with English text (ed. Leslie Russel): ©EMB 1968 (5220)
 

BB 66 (Sz 53 / W 32)
The First Term at the Piano (1929)

Duration: [BBCE recording 9’28”]
Pieces and their durations:
1. Moderato [=Piano Method, no. 21] [BBCE recording 25”]
2. Moderato [=Piano Method, no. 22] [BBCE recording 32”]
3. Párbeszéd / Dialogue [=Piano Method, no. 24] [BBCE recording 28”]
4. Párbeszéd / Dialogue [=Piano Method, no. 26] [BBCE recording 29”]
5. Moderato [=Piano Method, no. 36] [BBCE recording 17”]
6. Moderato [=Piano Method, no. 40] [BBCE recording 42”]
7. Népdal / Folksong [=Piano Method, no. 44] [BBCE recording 23”]
8. Andante [=Piano Method, no. 51] [BBCE recording 31”]
9. Andante [=Piano Method, no. 59] [BBCE recording 30”]
10. Népdal / Folksong [=Piano Method, no. 68] [BBCE recording 33”]
11. Menüett / Minuet [=Piano Method, no. 89] [BBCE recording 30”]
12. Kanásztánc / Swineherd’s Dance [=Piano Method, no. 77] [BBCE recording 46”]
13. Hol voltál, báránykám? / Where Have You Been, My Lambkin? (Folksong) [=Piano Method, no. 95, revised] [BBCE recording 56”]
14. Andante [=Piano Method, no. 105, transposed into F major] [BBCE recording 40”]
15. Lakodalmas / Wedding Song [=Piano Method, no. 116] [BBCE recording 32”]
16. Paraszttánc / Peasant’s Dance [=Piano Method, no. 115] [BBCE recording 18”]
17. Allegro deciso [=Piano Method, no. 118] [BBCE recording 21”]
18. Keringő / Waltz [=Piano Method, no. 119] [BBCE recording 35”]
First edition: ©Rv 1929 (4936)
Current editions: ©EMB 1952 (989); Piano Music II
Remark: Some of the English titles are slightly different in the EMB edns.

 

BB 67 (Sz 57 / W 38)
Romanian Christmas Songs, Series I–II, for piano (1915)

Duration: 10'18"
Pieces and their durations:

Series I
1. Allegro (Pă cel plai de munte)  29"
2. Allegro (Inteabă şi 'ntreabă)  13"
3. Allegro (D-oi roagă să roagă)  26"
4. Andante (Ciucur verde de mătasă)  28"
5. Allegro moderato (Coborît-o coborît-o)    30"
6. Andante (In patru cornuţi de lume)  29"
7. Andante (La lină fântână)  38"
8. Allegro (Noi umblăm d-a corindare)  44"
9. Allegro (Noi acum ortacilor)  19"
10. Più allegro (Tri crai dăla răsăritu)  15"
Series II
1. Molto moderato (Colo 'n jos la munte 'n josu)  34"
2. Moderato (Deasupra pă răsăritu)  20"
3. Andante (Creşte-mi, Doamne creştiu)  27"
4. Andante (Sculaţi, sculaţi boieri mari)  33"
5. Moderato (Ai, Colo 'n josu mai din josu)  35"
6. Andante (Şi-o luat, luată)  50"
7. Variante della precedente (Colo sus, mai susu)  25"
(6.)  25"
8. Allegro (Colo sus pa după lună)  34"
9. Allegretto (De cei-i domnul bunu)  25"
10. Allegro (Hai cu toţii să suimu)  39"
First edition: ©UE 1918 (5890) [© renewed 1945 by Béla Bartók]
Revised edition: UE 1936 (5890)
Current editions: New Edition: UE 1995 (5890); Dover 1998 (40110-3)
First performance: 31 Oct 1922, Kolozsvár (Cluj-Napoca): Bartók
Remarks: The Appendix containing variations for concert performance was first published in the revised 1936 edition.
 

BB 68 (Sz 56 / W 37)
Romanian folk dances, for piano (1915)

Dedication: Domnului Prof. Ion Buşiţia
Duration: 
ca. 4'15"
Pieces and their durations:

1. Jocul cu bâtă  57" [Bartók recording (b) 55"]
2. Brâul  25"  [Bartók recording (b) 27"]
3. Pe loc  45"  [Bartók recording (a) 50", (b) 49"]
4. Buciumeana  35"  [Bartók recording (a) 38", (b) with varied repetition 1'15"]
5. „Poarga” românească  31"  [Bartók recording (a) 33", (b) 29"]
6. Mărunţel  13"+36"  [Bartók recording (b) 49"]
First edition: ©UE 1918 (5802) [© renewed 1945 by B&H]
Revised edition: UE 1934 (5802)
Current editions: New Edition: UE 1993 (5802); Dover 1998 (40110-3)
First performance: 19 Feb 1922, Kolozsvár (Cluj-Napoca): Bartók
Recordings by the composer: (a) Nos. 1, 6 [fragments] and 3–5 Phon (c1915 Rákoskeresztúr?), HCD 12334/5–6; (b) complete: Welte-Licensee (c1928 New York), HCD 12326/4
Arrangement: for small orchestra: BB 76
Remarks: Title of No. 6 in the first edition erroneously “Mănunţel”. In the 1934 and later editions fingering is revised.

Béla Bartók–Zoltán Székely, Romanian Folk Dances, for violin anf piano (1925)
Duration: [Bartók recording 5'19"]
Pieces and their durations:
1. Jocul cu bâtă  [Bartók recording 1'07"]
2. Brâul  [Bartók recording 25"]
3. Pe loc  [Bartók recording 52"]
4. Buciumeana  [Bartók recording 1'29"]
5. „Poarga” românească  [Bartók recording 32"]
6. Mărunţel  [Bartók recording 51"]
First edition: ©UE 1926 (8474) [© renewed 1953 by B&H]
First performance: 5 Oct 1925, Arnhem: Zoltán Székely, Bartók
Recording by the composer: Col (7 Jan 1930, London), HCD 12328/7 [with Joseph Szigeti]
Remark: Title of No. 6 in the first edition erroneously “Mănunţelul”
 

BB 69 (Sz 55 / W 36)
Sonatina, for piano (1915)

Duration: 3'47"
Movements and durations:
I. Dudások / Bagpipers 1'30" [Bartók recording 1'35"]
II. Medvetánc / Bear Dance 32" [Bartók recording 29"]
III. Finale  1'45" [Bartók recording 1'37"]
First edition: ©Rv 1919 (3929)
Revised edition: Rv é.n., ©1919 (3953)
Current editions: ©EMB 1952 (117); Piano Music II
First performance: 6 Apr 1920, Pozsony (Bratislava): Bartók
Recording by the composer: Welte-Licensee (c1928 New York), HCD 12326/3
Arrangements: for violin and piano: BB 102a; for orchestra: BB 102b
Remark: No durations in the first edition.
 

BB 70 (Sz 62 / W 43)
Suite, op. 14, for piano (1916)

Duration: ca. 8'30"
Pieces and their durations:

I. Allegretto  ca. 2' [Bartók recording 1'47"]
II. Scherzo  ca. 1'50" [Bartók recording 1'44"]
III. Allegro molto  ca. 2'05" [Bartók recording 1'56"]
IV. Sostenuto  ca. 2'35" [Bartók recording 2'27", tartalékfelvétel 2'33"]
First edition: ©UE 1918 (5891) [© renewed 1945 by Béla Bartók]
Current editions: New Edition: UE 1992 (5891); Dover 1998 (40110-3)
First performance: 21 Apr 1919, Bp: Bartók
Recording by the composer: HMV (Nov 1929, Bp), HCD 12326/9–11, reserve recording HCD 12326/12–14
Remark: The original Mov. II (Andante) was published in Új Zenei Szemle 1955/10, and as ©UE 1999 (31442) (ed. Peter Bartók)
 

BB 71 (Sz 61 / W 41)
Five Songs, op. 15, for voice and piano (1916)

Text: Nos. 1–2 and 4–5 Klára Gombossy, No. 3 Wanda Gleiman
Duration: [BBCE recording 15']
Pieces:
1. Tavasz: Az én szerelmem / Spring: My Love [BBCE recording 2'03"]
2. Nyár: Szomjasan vágyva / Summer: Lying and Longing [BBCE recording 2'12"]
3. A vágyak éjjele / Night of Desire [BBCE recording 4'12"]
4. Tél: Színes álomban / Winter: In Vivid Dreams [BBCE recording 3'25"]
5. Ősz: Itt lent a völgyben / Autumn: In the Valley [BBCE recording 2'57"]
First edition: ©UE 1961 (13150L) [USA ©1958 by Victor Bator]
Current edition: New Edition: UE 1991 (13150L)
First performance: probably for recording, Magda László, Leonid Hambro (Bartók Records BR 927, 1958)

 

BB 72 (Sz 63 / W 44)
Five Songs (E. Ady), op. 16, for voice and piano (1916)

Text: Endre Ady; Nos. 1–2 and 4–5 first published in Vér és arany (Bp: Franklin, 1908), No. 3 in Szeretném, ha szeretnének (Bp: Nyugat, 1910)
Dedication: Reinitz Bélának igaz barátsággal és szeretettel Budapest, 1920 [To Béla Reinitz, with true friendship and love, Budapest, 1920]
Duration: [BBCE recording 17'05"]
Pieces:
1. Három őszi könnycsepp / Autumn Tears [BBCE recording 1'58"]
2. Az őszi lárma / Autumn Echoes [BBCE recording 3'14"]
3. Az ágyam hivogat / Lost Content [BBCE recording 4'25"]
4. Egyedül a tengerrel / Alone with the Sea [BBCE recording 4'12"]
5. Nem mehetek hozzád / I Cannot Come to You [BBCE recording 3'11"]
First edition: ©UE 1923 (6934) – earlier, incomplete publications: No. 5 Ma (15 Jun 1917) [facsimile]; No. 1 Nyugat 1919/4–5 [facsimile]; No. 2 Musikblätter des Anbruch 1921/5, supplement
First performance: 21 Apr 1919, Bp: Ilona Durigó, Bartók

 

BB 73 (Sz 63a / W –)
Slovak Folksong („Krutí Tono vretena”) for voice and piano (1916)

Duration: [BBCE recording 43”]
First edition: Der junge Bartók I
 

BB 74 (Sz 60 / W 33)
The Wooden Prince, op. 13, ballet in one act (1914–1917)

Text: Béla Balázs; first published in Nyugat (16 Dec 1912), and in book format in Béla Balázs, Játékok (Gyoma: Kner, 1917)
Dedication: Herrn Kapellmeister Egisto Tango in tiefer Dankbarkeit gewidmet
Scoring: 4 fl (3., 4. anche picc), 4 ob (3., 4. anche cor i), sax a in mib, sax t in sib (anche sax bar in mib), 4 cl in la, sib (3. anche cl in mib, 4. anche cl b), 4 fg (3., 4. anche cfg), 4 cor, 4 tr in sib, 2 cornette a pistoni in sib, 3 trb, tb, timp, camp, xil, trgl, cast, ptti, tamb picc, gr c, tamt, cel, 2 arp, archi
Duration: [BNS recording 53'06"]
First edition: ©UE 1924 (6638) [© renewed 1951 by UE]
Revised edition: UE n.d. [1977] (6638), WPhV (393)
Current edition: BR 2007 (600) [in preparation?]
First performance: 12 May 1917, Bp, Hungarian Royal Opera House [Magyar Királyi Operaház]: cond. Egisto Tango, dir. Béla Balázs, scenery Miklós Bánffy, dancers: Emília Nirschy (Princess), Anna Pallai (Prince), Ede Brada (The Wooden Doll), Boriska Harmat (Fairy)
Further important early performance: 1935. január 30., Bp, Hungarian Royal Opera House [Magyar Királyi Operaház]: cond. János Ferencsik, dir. Jan Cieplinski, scenery Gusztáv Oláh and Zoltán Fülöp, dancers: Karola Szalay (Princess), László Csányi (Prince), Gyula Harangozó (The Wooden Doll), Bella Bordy (Fairy)

Piano reduction:
First edition: ©UE 1921 (6635)
Current editions: ©Dover 2001; BR 2007 (602) [in preparation?]

“Little suite” (1921/1924, rev. 1931):
Pieces:
1. Dance of the Forest
2. Dance of the Waves
3. Dance of the Princess with the Wooden Doll
Unpublished
First performance: 23 Nov 1931, Bp: Philharmonic Society orchestra [Filharmóniai Társaság Zenekara], cond. Ernő Dohnányi [revised version]

Suite (1932):
Duration: 18’46” (in the printed score: ca. 20’)
Pieces and their durations:
1. Prelude 3’40”
2. The Princess 1’53”
3. The Forest 3’35”+
4. The Prince’s Work Song 1’40”
5. The Stream 2’45”+
6. Dance of the Wooden Prince 3’43”+
7. Postlude 1’30”
First edition: UE 6638 [on hire]
Current edition: ©B&H 2008 (BR 605 és UE 33716, conductor’s score: BR 605-C)

 

BB 75 (Sz 67 / W 42)
String Quartet No. 2, op. 17 (1914–1917)

Dedication: Au Quatuor Hongrois Waldbauer, Temesváry, Kornstein, Kerpely
Duration: [BNS recording 26'20"]
Movements and their durations:
I. Moderato  [BNS recording 10'27"]
II. Allegro molto capriccioso  [BNS recording 7'33"]
III. Lento  [BNS recording 8'20"]
First edition: ©UE 1920 (6371), WPhV (202) [© renewed 1948 by B&H]
Current edition: New Edition: UE 1994 (6372 a-d) [parts]
First performance: 3 Mar 1918, Bp: Waldbauer–Kerpely Quartet
 

BB 76 (Sz 68 / W 37)
Román népi táncok for small orchestra (1917) (from BB 68)

Scoring: 2 fl (2. anche picc), 2 cl in la, sib, 2 fg, 2 cor, archi
Duration: 6'
Pieces:
1. Jocul cu bâtă
2. Brâul
3. Pe loc
4. Buciumeana
5. Poarga românească
6. Mărunţel
7. Mărunţel
First edition: ©UE 1922 (6545) [© renewed 1949 by B&H]
Current edition: New Edition: UE 1991 (6545)
First performance: 11 Feb 1918, Bp: Budapest Orchestral Society [Budapesti Zenekar-Egyesület], cond. Emil Lichtenberg
Arrangement: for string orchestra by Arthur Willner (1928) revised by Bartók: ©UE 1929 (E.S. 5), reprinted: ©B&H 1939 (16231)
 

BB 77 (olim BB 78) (Sz 69 / W 46)
Four Slovak Folksongs, for mixed choir and piano (1916)

Duration: [BBCE recording 5'16"]
Pieces and their durations:
1. Wedding Song from Poniky (Zadala mamka) [BBCE recording 3'27"]
2. Song of the Hay-harvesters from Hiadel (Na holi, na holi) [BBCE recording 42"]
3. Medzibrod (Rada pila, rada jedla) [BBCE recording 34"]
4. Dancing Song from Poniky (Gajdujte, gajdence) [BBCE recording 35"]
First edition: ©UE 1924 (7595) [© assigned 1939 to B&H]
Revised editions: with English, German, Slovak, and Hungarian text: ©1939 H&S (17658); with Hungarian text: ©Zeneműkiadó Nemzeti Vállalat, Budapest 1950 (Z.N.V. 24); EMB n.d. (24)
First performance: 5 Jan 1917, Bp: Hungarian Women’s Choir Society, Budapest Choir and Music Society [Magyar Nők Karegyesülete, Budapesti Kar- és Zeneegyesület], cond. Emil Lichtenberg

 

BB 78 (olim BB 77) (Sz 70 / W 47)
Slovak Folksongs, for male choir (1917)

Duration: [BBCE recording 4’44”]
Pieces and their durations:
1. Ej, posluchajte málo [BBCE recording 1’10”]
2. Ked’ja smutny pojdem [BBCE recording 29”]
3. Kamarádi mojí [BBCE recording 36”]
4. Ej, a ked’mňa zabiju [BBCE recording 1’20”]
5. Ked’som šiou na vojnu [BBCE recording 1’08”]
First edition: ©UE 1918 (6101) [© assigned 1939 to H&S]
Current edition: with English, German, Slovak, and Hungarian text: ©H&S 1955 (17682); with French text: ©H&S 1958 (18433)
First performance: 12 Jan 1918, Vienna: Männergesangverein

 

BB 79 (Sz 71 / W 34)
Fifteen Hungarian Peasant Songs, for piano (1914–1918)

Duration: [BNS recording 13'33"]
Pieces and their durations:

1–4. Négy régi keserves ének / Four Old Sorrowful Songs
1. Rubato (Megkötöm lovamat)  [BNS recording 47"]
2. Andante (Kit virágot rózsám adott)  [BNS recording 1'52"]
3. Poco rubato (Aj, meg kell a búzának érni)  [BNS recording 39"]
4. Andante (Kék nefelejcs ráhajlott a vállamra)  [BNS recording 59"]
5. Scherzo (Feleségem olyan tiszta)  [BNS recording 53"]
6. Ballade (Tema con variazioni) (Angoli Borbála)  [Bartók recording (a) 2'50", BNS recording 2'32"]
7–15. Régi táncdalok / Old Dance Tunes
7. Allegro (Arra gyere, amőrre én)  [Bartók recordingek 45", BNS recording 39"]
8. Allegro (Fölmentem a szilvafára)  [Bartók recording (a) 31", (b) 28", BNS recording 30"]
9. Allegretto (Erre kakas, erre tyúk)  [Bartók recordingek 14", BNS recording 13"]
10. L’istesso tempo (Zöld erdőben a prücsök)  [Bartók recording (a) 27", (b) 26", BNS recording 26"]
11. Assai moderato (Nem vagy legény, nem vagy)  [BNS recording 54"]
12. Allegretto (Beteg asszony, fáradt legény)  [Bartók recording (a) 37", (b) 38", BNS recording 32”]
13. Poco più vivo (Sári lovam, a fakó) – Allegretto  [BNS recording 31"]
14. Allegro (Ësszegyültek, ësszegyültek az izsapi lányok)  [Bartók recording (a) 33", (b) 25", BNS recording 32"]
15. Allegro  [Bartók recording (a) 1'23", (b) 1'20", BNS recording 1'30"]
First edition: ©UE 1920 (6370) [© renewed 1948 by B&H]
Current edition: New Edition: UE 1994 (6370); Dover 1998 (40110-3)
First performance: probably 17 Oct 1915, Bp: Bartók [Nos. 7–15]; 8 Mar 1920, Berlin: Bartók [Nos. 6–15]
Recordings by the composer: (a) Nos. 6–10, 12, 14–15 Welte-Licensee (c1928 New York), HCD 12326/1b–2; (b) Nos. 7–10, 12, 14–15 Patria (c1936 Bp), HCD 12326/18
Arrangement: Nos. 6–12 and 14–15 for orchestra: BB 107
 

BB 80a (Sz 65 / W 35)
„Leszállott a páva”, for piano (1914)
First edition: Periszkóp (Jun-Jul 1925) [facsimile]
Remark: originally conceived as No. 1 of BB 79; revised edition: BB 80b/1
 

BB 80b (Sz 66 / W 35)
Three Hungarian Folktunes, for piano (1914–1918, rev. 1941)

Duration: 3'50"
Pieces and their durations:
1. Andante tranquillo, rubato  1' [Bartók recording 1'03"]
2. Allegro non troppo, un poco rubato  1'15" [Bartók recording 1'14"]
3. Maestoso  1'35" [Bartók recording 1'31"]
First edition: Homage to Paderewski (B&H 1942); ©B&H 1942 (17679)
Current edition: ©Shunjūsha 2008
Recording by the composer: Cont (Oct 1942, USA), HCD 12331/8
Remark: first version of No. 1 = BB 80a
 

BB 81 (Sz 72 / W 48)
Three Studies, op. 18, for piano (1918)

Duration: [BNS recording 7'09"]
Pieces and their durations:
1. Allegro molto  [BNS recording 2'09"]
2. Andante sostenuto  [BNS recording 2'58"]
3. Rubato; Tempo giusto, capriccioso  [BNS recording 2'02"]
First edition: ©UE 1920 (6498)
Revised edition: ©H&S 1939 (H15828)
Current edition: Dover 1998 (40110-3); ©Shunjūsha 2003
First performance: 21 Apr 1919, Bp: Bartók
 

BB 82 (Sz 73 / W 49)
The Miraculous Mandarin, op. 19, pantomime in one act (1918–1919, orchestration 1924)

Text: Menyhért Lengyel; first published in Nyugat (1 Jan 1917)
Scoring: 3 fl (3. anche picc), 3 ob (3. anche cor i), 3 cl in sib (2. anche in re, mib, la), 3 fg (2., 3. anche cfg), 4 cor (2., 4. anche tb ten in sib), 3 tr in do, 3 trb, tb, timp, tamp picc, tamb gr, gr c, ptti, trgl, tamt, xil, cel, arp, pf, org, archi; mixed choir (S, A, T, B)
Duration: ca. 30'
First edition: [with cuts, the revised ending, and indication of the concert version] ©B&H 1955 (U.E.8909) [full score], (W.Ph.V.304) [pocket score]
Current edition: [with both versions of the ending and the restored cuts] ed. Peter Bartók: ©UE 2000, in the USA: ©B&H 2000 (PH 550)
First performance: 27 Nov 1926, Cologne Opera: cond. Jenő Szenkár, dir. Hans Strobach, dancers: Wilma Aug (Girl), Gustav Zeiller (Mandarin), Hans Salomon, Joseph Horn, Joseph Weiser (3 tramps), Hans Robert (Old gentleman), Willy Zehnpfennig (Young lad)

Two-hand piano reduction
First edition: ed. Peter Bartók: ©UE 2000 (31431)

Four-hand piano reduction (1923–1924)
First edition: ©UE 1925 (7706) – earlier, incomplete publication: Nyugat 1923 [2 pp. in facsimile]
Revised edition: 1st rev. [with the revised ending]: ©B&H 1952 (UE 7706); 2nd rev. [with cuts, the revised ending, and indication of the concert version]: UE 1955 (©B&H 1952) (7706)
Current edition: „Klavierauszug für zwei Klaviere” New Edition [with the revised ending and the restored cuts]: UE 2000 (31432)
First performance: 8 Apr 1926, Bp Radio: Bartók, György Kósa [excerpts]

Scenes from “The Miraculous Mandarin” (1924)
First edition: UE [on hire]
First performance: 1 Apr 1927, Cincinnati: Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, cond. Fritz Reiner
Remark: This version contains the music from fig. 36 to the end of the concert version.

Concert version (1927)
Sections:
I. Introduction (street noises). The command of the hoodlums directed at the girl.
II. The girl’s first inviting gestures (clarinet solo), in response to which the old gentleman appears, who gets thrown out in the end by the hoodlums.
III. The girl’s second inviting gestures, upon which appears the young lad, who is also thrown out.
IV. The girl’s third inviting gestures. The mandarin appears (tutti ff).
V. The girl’s seductive dance before the mandarin (at first slow, then increasingly faster Waltz).
VI. The mandarin catches up with the girl after an ever wilder chase.
First edition: ©UE 1927 (8909) [© renewed 1955 by B&H]
First performance: 15 Oct 1928, Bp: Philharmonic Society orchestra [Filharmóniai Társaság Zenekara], cond. Ernő Dohnányi
Remark: The above description of the sections is to find only in full scores issued after October 1928.

 

BB 83 (Sz 74 / W 50)
Improvisations on Hungarian Peasant Songs, op. 20, for piano (1920)

Dedication: No. 7 à la memoire de Claude Debussy
Duration: 12'16"
Pieces and their durations:

I. Molto moderato (Sütött ángyom rétest)  1'30" [Bartók recording (a) 1'40", (b) 1'23"]
II. Molto capriccioso [Meggyüttem én jól este]  1'10" [Bartók recording 1'08"]
III. Lento rubato (Imhol kerekedik)  2'42"
IV. Allegretto scherzando (Kályha vállán az ice)  45"
V. Allegro molto  56"
VI. Allegro moderato, molto capriccioso (Jaj Istenem, ezt a vént)  1'20" [Bartók recording 1'24"]
VII. Sostenuto, rubato (Beli fiam, beli)  2'03" [Bartók recording 1'52"]
VIII. Allegro (Télen nem jó szántani)  1'50" [Bartók recording 1'55"]
First edition: ©UE 1922 (7079) – earlier, incomplete publications: No. 7 Tombeau de Claude Debussy (Dec 1920); No. 4 La Revue musicale (Mar 1921); No. 2 and 8 Carl Selig (ed.): Grotesken Album, UE 1921 (6567)
Revised edition: ©H&S 1939 (17656)
Current edition: Dover 1998 (40110-3); corrected edition (Peter Bartók): ©H&S 2002 (01182)
First performance: 27 Feb 1921, Bp: Bartók [No. VII]; 18 Jan 1922, Bp: Bartók [complete]
Recordings by the composer: (a) No. 1 31 Jan 1931, Frankfurt/M, HCD 12334/8; (b) Nos. 1–2 and 6–8 Cont (Oct 1942, USA), HCD 12331/6
 

BB 84 (Sz 75 / W 51)
Sonata for Violin and Piano no. 1 („op. 21”) (1921)

Dedication: Composé pour Mlle. Jelly d’Arányi
Duration: [BBCE recording 32'12"]
Movements and their durations:
I. Allegro appassionato  [BBCE recording 12'41"]
II. Adagio  [BBCE recording 9'34"]
III. Allegro  [BBCE recording 9'52"]
First edition: ©UE 1923 (7247) [© renewed 1950 by B&H]
Current edition: New Edition: UE 1991 (7245)
First performance: 8 Feb 1922, Vienna: Mary Dickenson-Auner, Eduard Steuermann
Further important early performances: 14 Mar 1922, London and 8 Apr 1922, Paris: Jelly Arányi, Bartók
 

BB 85 (Sz 76 / W 52)
Sonata for Violin and Piano no. 2 (1922)

Dedication: Composé pour Mlle. Jelly d’Arányi
Duration: [Bartók recording 19'06"]
Movements and their durations:
I. Molto moderato  [Bartók recording 7’44”]
II. Allegretto  [Bartók recording 11’18”]
First edition: ©UE 1923 (7259) [© renewed 1950 by B&H]
First performance: 7 Feb 1923, Berlin: Imre Waldbauer, Bartók
Further important early performances: 27 Feb 1923, Bp: Ede Zathureczky, Bartók; 7 May 1923, London: Jelly Arányi, Bartók
Recording by the composer: 13 Apr 1940, Washington, HCD 12330/7 [with Joseph Szigeti]
 

BB 86 (Sz 77 / W 53)
Dance Suite, for orchestra (1923)

Dedication: Buda és Pest egyesítésének 50-edik évfordulója alkalmából 1923. nov. 19.-én Budapesten rendezett hangversenyre [For the concert on 19 Nov 1923 in Budapest celebrating the 50th anniversary of the unification of Buda and Pest]
Scoring: 2 fl (anche picc), 2 ob (2. anche cor i), 2 cl in sib (2. anche cl b), 2 fg (2. anche cfg), 4 cor, 2 tr in sib, 2 trb, tb, timp, trgl, camp, tamb gr, tamb picc, gr c, ptti, tamt, cel, arp, pf, archi
Duration: [BNS- felvétel 16'28"]
Pieces and their durations:
I. Moderato  [BNS- felvétel 3'41"]
II. Allegro molto  [BNS- felvétel 2'18"]
III. Allegro vivace  [BNS- felvétel 3'06"]
IV. Molto tranquillo  [BNS- felvétel 2'25"]
V. Comodo  [BNS- felvétel 1'01"]
Finale  [BNS- felvétel 3'58"]
First edition: ©UE 1924 (7545) [full score], (8324 és W.Ph.V.200) [pocket score] [© renewed 1951 by B&H]
Facsimile edition: Balassi Kiadó 1998
First performance: 19 Nov 1923, Bp: Philharmonic Society orchestra [Filharmóniai Társaság Zenekara], cond. Ernő Dohnányi
Further important early performance: 19 May 1925, Prague: Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, cond. Václav Talich

Piano solo version (1925)
First edition: ©UE 1925 (8397) [© renewed 1952 by B&H]
Current edition: New Edition: UE 1991 (8397)
First performance: 20 Feb 1945, New York: György Sándor
Remark: The discarded piece No. IIbis was published by Peter Bartók with the title “Slovakian Dance for Piano”: ©UE 1999 (31441)

 

BB 87a (Sz 78 / W 54)
Five Village Scenes, for voice and piano (1924)

Dedication: Dittának, Budapesten 1924. XII. [To Ditta, Budapest, Dec 1924] [Ditta Pásztory]
Duration: 10'09"
Movements and their durations:
1. Szénagyűjtéskor (Pri hrabaní)  1'08"
2. A menyasszonynál (Pri neveste)  1'20"
3. Lakodalom (Svatba)  2'35"
4. Bölcsődal (Ukoliebavka)  3'20"
5. Legénytánc (Tanec mládencov)  1'46"
First edition: ©UE 1927 (8712) [© renewed 1954 by B&H]
Current edition: New Edition UE 1994 (8712)
First performance: 10 Jan 1925, Prague: Maria Fleischrová, Bartók [Nos. 3–5]; 3 Dec 1926 (radio broadcast) and 8 Dec 1926 (in concert), Bp: Mária Basilides, Bartók [complete]
Arrangement: Nos. 3–5 for four or eight female voices and chamber orchestra: BB 87b

 

BB 87b (Sz 79 / W 54)
Three Village Scenes, for 4 or 8 female voices and chamber orchestra (1926) (from BB 87a/3–5)

Scoring: 2/4 Ms, 2/4 A, fl (anche picc), ob (anche cor i), 2 cl in la, sib, mib (1. anche sax a in mib), fg, cor, tr in do, trb t (anche trb b), tamb picc, gr c, ptti, 3 camp, arp, pf, archi
Duration: ca. 10'
Movements:
1. Wedding (Svatba)
2. Lullaby (Ukoliebavka)
3. Lads' Dance (Tanec mládencov)
First edition: ©UE 1927 (8714) [© renewed 1954 by B&H]
First performance: 27 Nov 1926, New York: Brahms Vocal Quartet (Larry Banks, Zilla Wilson, Nancy Hitch, Elinor Markey), ensemble from the Boston Symphony Orchestra, cond. Serge Koussevitzky
Further important early performance: 14 Feb 1927, Bp: Mária Basilides, Gyöngyi Havas, Teréz Ádám, Margit Falus, chamber orchestra of the Hungarian Royal Opera House [a Magyar Királyi Operaház zenekarának tagjaiból alakult kamarazenekar], cond. Vilmos Komor

Vocal score
First edition: ©UE 1927 (8713) [© renewed 1954 by B&H]

 

BB 88 (Sz 80 / W 55)
Sonata for piano (1926)

Dedication: Dittának, Budapesten, 1926. jun. [To Ditta, Budapest, Jun 1926] [Ditta Pásztory]
Duration: [BNS- felvétel 12'23"]
Movements and their durations:
I. Allegro moderato  [BNS- felvétel 4'24"]
II. Sostenuto e pesante  [BNS- felvétel 4'35"]
III. Allegro molto  [BNS- felvétel 3'13"]
First edition: ©UE 1927 (8772) [© renewed 1955 by B&H]
Current edition: New Edition: UE 1992 (8772)
First performance: 3 Dec 1926, Bp: Bartók (radio broadcast); 8 Dec 1926, Bp: Bartók (in concert)
 

BB 89 (Sz 81 / W 56)
Out of Doors, five piano pieces (1926)

Dedication: No. 4 Dittáé [Ditta’s] [Ditta Pásztory] 
Duration: [BNS- felvétel 13'27"]
Movements and their durations:
Volume I

1. With Drums and Pipes [BNS recording 1'43"]
2. Barcarolla [BNS recording 2'17"]
3. Musettes [BNS recording 2'34"]
Volume II
4. The Night’s Music [BNS recording 4'38"]
5. The Chase [BNS recording 2']
First edition: ©UE 1927 (8892) [in 1 vol.], (8892a–b) [in 2 vols], (8893–8897) [separated edns] [© renewed 1954 by B&H]
Current edition: New Edition: UE 1990 (8892a), 1996 (8892b)
First performances: 3 Dec 1926, Bp: Bartók (radio broadcast) [Nos. 1, 4 and 5]; 8 Dec 1926, Bp: Bartók (in concert) [Nos. 1 and 4]
Arrangement: No. 1 for orchestra (fragment)
 

BB 90 (Sz 82 / W 57)
Nine Little Piano Pieces (1926)

Dedication: Nos. 1 and 9 1926. október 31-ére [for 31 October 1926] [Ditta Pásztory’s birthday]
Duration: [BNS recording 15'48"]
Movements and their durations:

Volume I: / Four Dialogues
1. Moderato  [BNS recording 1'38"]
2. Andante  [BNS recording 1'18"]
3. Lento  [BNS recording 1'42"]
4. Allegro vivace  [BNS recording 54"]
Volume II
5. Menuetto  [BNS recording 1'55"]
6. Dal  [Bartók recording 1'03", BNS recording 1'02"]
7. Marcia delle bestie  [BNS recording 2'02"]
8. Tambourine  [Bartók recording 1'04", BNS recording 1'04"]
Volume III
9. Preludio – All’ungherese  [Bartók recording 3'47", BNS recording 3'32"]
First edition: ©UE 1927 (8920–8922) [© renewed 1954 (Vol. I); © renewed 1954 by B&H (Vols II–III)]
Revised edition: I. füzet ©H&S 1939 (H15829)
Current edition: New Edition: UE 1995 (10000)
First performance: 3 Dec 1926, Bp: Bartók (radio broadcast) [8 pieces, lacking one of Nos. 1–4]; 8 Dec 1926, Bp: Bartók (in concert) [the same 8 pieces]
Recording by the composer: (a) Nos. 6 and 8 Patria (c1936 Bp), HCD 12326/20; (b) No. 9 Cont (Oct 1942, USA), HCD 12331/7
 

BB 91 (Sz 83 / W 58)
Piano Concerto no. 1 (1926)

Scoring: pf solo; 2 fl (2. anche picc), 2 ob (2. anche cor i), 2 cl in la, sib (2. anche cl b), 2 fg, 4 cor, 2 tr in do, 2 trb t, trb b, timp, 2 tamb picc, trgl, ptti, gr c, tamt, archi
Duration: [BBCE recording 22'16"]
Movements and their durations:
I. Allegro moderato – Allegro  [BBCE recording 8'44"]
II. Andante  [BBCE recording 6'50"]
III. Allegro  [BBCE recording 6'40"]
First edition: ©UE 1927 (8777)
Revised edition: 2nd, rev. edn: UE 1929 (8777) [© renewed 1954 by B&H]
First performance: 1 Jul 1927, Frankfurt/M: Bartók, Orchestra of the Frankfurt Opera House, cond. Wilhelm Furtwängler
Further important early performance: 18 Mar 1928, Bp: Bartók, Philharmonic Society orchestra [Filharmóniai Társaság Zenekara], cond. Ernő Dohnányi

Reduction for two pianos
First edition: ©UE 1927 (8779)
Revised edition: UE n.d. [1928] (8779) [© renewed 1954 by B&H]
Current edition: New Edition: UE 1992 (8779)

 

BB 92 (Sz 84 / W 45)
Three Rondos on Folktunes, for piano (1916–1927)

Duration: ca. 7'59"
Pieces and their durations:
1. Andante  ca. 2'50" [Bartók recording (a) 2'57", (b) 3'01"]
2. Vivacissimo  ca. 2'34"
3. Allegro molto  ca. 2'35"
First edition: ©UE 1930 (9508) [© renewed 1957 by B&H]
Current edition: New Edition: UE 1995 (9508)
First performance: 29 Nov 1927, Bp: Bartók
Recording by the composer: (a) No. 1 Patria (c1936 Bp), HCD 12326/19; (b) No. 1 Cont (Oct 1942, USA), HCD 12331/5b
 

BB 93 (Sz 85 / W 60)
String Quartet no. 3 (1927)

Dedication: to the Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia
Duration: 17'
Sections:
Prima parte: Moderato
Seconda parte: Allegro
Ricapitulazione della prima parte: Moderato
Coda: Allegro molto
First edition: ©UE 1929 (9597), WPhV (169) [© renewed 1956 by B&H]
First performance: 30 Dec 1928, Philadelphia: Mischa Mischakoff, David Dubinsky, Samuel Lifschey, William Van der Berg
Further important early performances: 19 Feb 1929, London: Waldbauer–Kerpely Quartet; 20 Mar 1929, Bp: Waldbauer–Kerpely Quartet
 

BB 94a (Sz 86 / W 61)
Rhapsody no. 1, for violin and piano (1928)

Dedication: Joseph Szigeti zugeeignet
Duration: [Bartók recording (a) 10'41"(b) 9'15", (c) 9'10"]
Sections:
Prima parte („Lassú”)  [Bartók recording (a) 5'05" (b) 4'12", (c) 4'09"]
Seconda parte („Friss”)  [Bartók recording (a) 5'36" (b) 5'03", (c) 5'01"]
First edition: ©UE 1929 (9865) [1 füzetben], (9935–9936) [2 füzetben] [© assigned 1939 to H&S]
Current edition: ©H&S 1952 (17491)
First performance: 4 Mar 1929, London: Zoltán Székely, Bartók
Further important early performance: 22 Oct 1929, Berlin: Joseph Szigeti, Adolphe Hallis
Recordings by the composer: (a) Babitsné (4 Nov 1939, Bp), HCD 12337/1 [with Ede Zathureczky]; (b) 13 Apr 1940, Washington, HCD 12330/8 [with Joseph Szigeti]; (c) Col (2 May 1940, New York), HCD 12328/8–9 [with Joseph Szigeti]
Arrangements: for violin and orchestra: BB 94b; for violoncello and piano: BB 94c
 

BB 94b (Sz 87 / W 61)
Rhapsody no. 1, for violin and orchestra (–1929) (from BB 94a)

Dedication: Joseph Szigeti zugeeignet
Scoring: vl solo; 2 fl (2. anche picc), 2 ob, 2 cl in sib (2. anche cl b), 2 fg (2. anche cfg), 2 cor, 2 tr in do, trb, tb, cimb, archi
Duration: 10'20"
Sections and their durations:
Prima parte („Lassú”)  4'35"
Seconda parte („Friss”)  5'45" [with the 1st ending], 5'03" [with the 2nd ending]
First edition: ©UE 1931 (9858) [© assigned 1939 to H&S]
Current edition: ©H&S 1952 (16229)
First performance: 1 Nov 1929, Königsberg: Joseph Szigeti, cond. Hermann Scherchen
Further important early performance: 22 Nov 1929, Bp: Joseph Szigeti, Philharmonic Society orchestra [Filharmóniai Társaság Zenekara], cond. Antal Fleischer
 

BB 94c (Sz 88 / W 61)
Rhapsody no. 1, for violoncello and piano (–1929) (from BB 94a)

Dedication: Joseph Szigeti
Duration: ca. 10'
Sections and their durations:
Prima parte („Lassú”)  ca. 4'30"
Seconda parte („Friss”)  ca. 5'30"
First edition: ©UE 1930 (9866)
Revised edition: ©B&H 1939 (17763)
First performance: 20 Mar 1929, Bp: Jenő Kerpely, Bartók
 

BB 95 (Sz 91 / W 62)
String Quartet no. 4 (1928)

Dedication: Au Quatuor Pro Arte
Duration: [BNS recording 22'51"]
Movements and their durations:
I. Allegro  [BNS recording 6'12"]
II. Prestissimo, con sordino  [BNS recording 2'55"]
III. Non troppo lento  [BNS recording 5'19"]
IV. Allegretto pizzicato  [BNS recording 2'47"]
V. Allegro molto  [BNS recording 5'35"]
First edition: ©UE 1929 (9788), WPhV (166) [© renewed 1956 by B&H]
Current edition: New Edition: UE 1995 (9789a–d) [parts]
First performance: 22 Feb 1929, London: Hungarian [Waldbauer–Kerpely] Quartet (radio broadcast); 20 Mar 1929, Bp: Waldbauer–Kerpely Quartet (in concert)
 

BB 96a (Sz 89 / W 63)
Rhapsody no. 2, for violin and piano (1928, rev. 1935)

Dedication: Zoltán Székely zugeeignet
Duration: [BBCE recording 10’58”]
Sections and their durations:
I. Moderato („Lassú”)  [BBCE recording 4’34”]
II. Allegro moderato („Friss”)  [BBCE recording 6’24”]
First edition: ©UE 1929 (9891) [in 1 vol], (9925–9926) [in 2 vols] [© assigned 1939 to H&S]
Revised edition: Revised version 1945: ©B&H 1947 (15890)
Current edition: ©H&S 1952 (15890)
First performance: 19 Nov 1928, Amsterdam: Zoltán Székely, Géza Frid
Arrangement: for violin and orchestra: BB 96b
 

BB 96b (Sz 90 / W 63) (from BB 96a)
Rhapsody no. 2, for violin and orchestra (–1929, rev. 1935)

Dedication: Zoltán Székely
Scoring: vl solo; 2 fl (2. anche picc), 2 ob, 2 cl in sib (2. anche cl b), 2 fg (2. anche cfg), 2 cor, 2 tr in do, trb, tb, cimb, archi
Duration: 12’
Sections:
I. Moderato („Lassú”) 
II. Allegro moderato („Friss”)
First edition: ©UE 1929 (9867) [© assigned 1939 to H&S]
Revised edition: Revised 1944 version: ©H&S 1949 (16230)
First performance: 25 Nov 1929, Bp: Zoltán Székely, Philharmonic Society orchestra [Filharmóniai Társaság Zenekara], cond. Ernő Dohnányi

 

BB 97 (Sz – / W –)
Five Hungarian Folksongs, for voice and piano (1928) (recomposed from BB 42)

Duration: [Bartók recording 5'28"]
Pieces and their durations:
1. Elindultam szép hazámbul / Far Behind I Left My Country [Bartók recording 1'06"]
2. Által mennék én a Tiszán ladikon / Crossing the River [Bartók recording 50"]
3. A gyulai kert alatt/ In the Summer Fields [Bartók recording 55"]
4. Nem messze van ide kis Margitta / The Horseman [Bartók recording 1'54"]
5. Végigmentem a tárkányi / Walking Through the Town [Bartók recording 44"]
First edition: ©EMB 1970 (6341)
Recording by the composer: HMV (Dec 1928, Bp), HCD 12328/1–2 [with Vilma Medgyaszay]
 

BB 98 (Sz 92 / W 64)
Twenty Hungarian Folksongs, Vols. I–IV, for voice and piano (1929)

Duration: ca. 34'45"
Movements and their durations:
Volume I (Szomorú nóták) [Sad Songs]

1. A tömlöcben [In Prison] ca. 3'33"
2. Régi keserves [Old Lament] ca. 2'25"
3. Bujdosó ének [The Fugitive] ca. 1'46"
4. Pásztornóta [Herdsman’s Song] ca. 1'52"
Volume II (Táncdalok) [Dancing Songs]
5. Székely “lassú” [Székely Slow Dance] ca. 2'05"
6. Székely “friss” [Székely Fast Dance] ca. 1'15"
7. Kanásztánc [Swineherd’s Dance] ca. 1'37"
8. “Hatforintos” nóta [Six-Florin Dance] ca. 1'53"
Volume III (Vegyes dalok) [Diverse Songs]
9. Juhászcsúfoló [The Shepherd] ca. 1'50"
10. Tréfás nóta [Joking Song] ca. 1'30"
11. Párosító (1) [Nuptial Serenade (1)] ca. 1'45"
12. Párosító (2) [Nuptial Serenade (2)] ca. 1'21"
13. Pár-ének [Dialogue Song] ca. 3'30"
14. Panasz [Lament] ca. 1'21"
15. Bordal [Drinking Song] ca. 1'13”
Volume IV (Új dalok) [New Style Songs]
16. I. Allegro (Hej, édesanyám) ca. 50"
17. II. Più allegro (Érik a ropogós cseresznye) ca. 27"
18. III. Moderato (Már Dobozon régen leesett a hó) ca. 1'45"
19. IV. Allegretto (Sárga kukoricaszár) ca. 28"
20. V. Allegro non troppo (Búza, búza, búza) ca. 2'19"
First edition: ©UE 1932 (1521–1524)
Revised edition: ©H&S 1939 (17651–17654)
First performance: 6 Jan 1930, London: Mária Basilides, Bartók [4 pieces]; 30 Jan 1930, Bp: Mária Basilides, Bartók [selection]
Arrangement: Nos. 1, 2, 11, 14 and 12 for voice and orchestra: BB 108
 

BB 99 (Sz 93 / W 65)
Four Hungarian Folksongs, for mixed choir (1930)

Duration: ca. 11'51"
Movements and their durations:
1. A rab / The Prisoner ca. 2'47"
2. A bujdosó / The Wanderer ca. 4'42"
3. Az eladó lány / Finding a Husband ca. 1'32"
4. Dal / Love Song ca. 2'50"
First edition: ©UE 1932 (10.371) [© assigned 1939 to H&S]
Current edition: with revised English text: ©H&S 1956 (18007–18010); with Hungarian text: litograph, n.p., n.d.; No. 3. EMB 2012 (14809)
First performance: 11 May 1936, Kecskemét: Kecskemét Municipal Choir [Kecskeméti Városi Dalárda], cond. Zoltán Vásárhelyi [Nos. 2–4]
 

BB 100 (Sz 94 / W 67)
Cantata profana, for tenor, baritone, double chorus, and orchestra (1930)

Scoring: T solo, Bar solo, vegyeskar; 3 fl (2. anche picc), 3 ob, 3 cl in la, sib (2. anche cl b), 3 fg (2. anche cfg), 4 cor, 2 tr in do, 3 trb, tb, timp, tamb picc, gr c, ptti, tamt, arp, archi
Duration: 16–17'
Movements:
I. Molto moderato
II. Andante
III. Moderato
First edition: ©UE 1934 (10.613) [full score, facsimile of Bartók’s manuscript] [© assigned 1939 to B&H]
Current edition: with German text by Benedikt Szabolcsi and English text by Robert Shaw: ©B&H 1955 (U.E. 10613) [full score, re-engraved], (UE 12760) [pocket score]
First performances: 25 May 1934, London: Trefor Jones, Frank Phillips, Wireless Chorus, BBC Symphony Orchestra, cond. Aymler Buesst (radio broadcast); 25 Mar 1936, London: Parry Jones, Arnold Matters, BBC Choral Society, BBC Symphony Orchestra, cond. Adrian Boult
Further important early performance: 9 Nov 1936, Bp: Endre Rösler, Imre Palló, Palestrina Choir (chorus master Viktor Vaszy), Philharmonic Society orchestra [Filharmóniai Társaság Zenekara],cond. Ernő Dohnányi

Vocal score
First edition: ©UE 1934 (10.614) [facsimile of Bartók’s manuscript] [© assigned 1939 to B&H]
Revised edition: with German text by Benedikt Szabolcsi and English text by M. D. Calvocoressi, re-engraved: ©UE 1951 (10.614)
Current edition: with German text by Benedikt Szabolcsi and English text by Robert Shaw: ©B&H 1955 (U.E. 10.614)

 

BB 101 (Sz 95 / W 68)
Piano Concerto no. 2 (1930–1931)

Scoring: pf solo; picc (anche fl 3), 2 fl, 2 ob (2. anche cor i), 2 cl in la, sib (2. anche cl b), 2 fg, cfg (anche fg 3), 4 cor, 2 tr in do, 3 trb, tb, timp, tamb picc, trgl, gr c, ptti, tamb, tamt, archi
Duration: ca. 25'
Movements and their durations:
I. Allegro  9'07"
II. Adagio – Presto – Adagio  10'40"
III. Allegro molto  5'33"
First edition: ©UE 1932 (10.442) [full score, facsimile of Bartók’s manuscript], (12193) [pocket score, re-engraved]
Revised edition: UE n.d. [1937] (10.442) [full score, facsimile of Bartók’s manuscript]
Current edition: WPhV 1994 (306) [pocket score]
First performance: 23 Jan 1933, Frankfurt/M: Bartók, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, cond. Hans Rosbaud
Further important early performance: 2 Jun 1933, Bp: Lajos Kentner, Philharmonic Society orchestra [Filharmóniai Társaság Zenekara], cond. Otto Klemperer
Recording by the composer: Babitsné (22 Mar 1938, Bp), HCD 12335/1 [cond. Ernest Ansermet] [fragments]

Reduction for two pianos
First edition: ©UE 1941 (10.995)
Current edition: New Edition: UE 1993 (10.995)

 

BB 102a (Sz 55 / W 36)
Béla Bartók–Endre Gertler, Sonatina, for violin and piano (c1930) (from BB 69)

Duration: 3'52"
Movements and their durations:
I. Dudások / Bagpipers  1'30"
II. Medvetánc / Bear Dance 32"
III. Finale  1'50"
First edition: ©Rv 1931 (5374)
Current edition: ©EMB 1951 (433)
Arrangement: for orchestra: BB 102b
 

BB 102b (Sz 96 / W 36)
Dances from Transylvania, for orchestra (1931) (from BB 69 and 102a)

Scoring: 2 fl (2. anche picc), 2 ob, 2 cl in la (2. anche cl b), 2 fg, 2 cor, 2 tr in do, 2 trb, tb, timp, trgl, arp/pf, archi
Duration: ca. 4'
Movements and their durations:
I. Dudások / Bagpipers 1'30"
II. Medvetánc / Bear Dance 32"
III. Finale  1'52"
First edition: ©Rv 1932 (5440)
Current edition: ©EMB 1955 (1021)
First performance: 25 Jan 1932, Bp: Budapest Concert Orchestra [Budapesti Hangversenyzenekar], cond. Massimo Freccia
 

BB 103 (Sz 97 / W A1)
Hungarian Sketches, for orchestra (1931) (from BB 51/5, 51/10, 58/2, 55/2, 53/I.40 [orig. numbering II.42])

Scoring: 2 fl (2. anche picc), 2 ob, 2 cl in la, sib (2. anche cl b), 2 fg, 2 cor, 2 tr in do, 2 trb, tb, timp, xil, trgl, 2 tamb picc, ptti, gr c, arp, archi
Duration: ca. 10'30"
Movements and their durations:
1. Este a székelyeknél / An Evening in the Village 2'43"
2. Medvetánc / Bear Dance 1'43"
3. Melódia / Melody 2'05"
4. Kicsit ázottan / Slightly tipsy 2'06"
5. Ürögi kanásztánc / Swineherds' Dance 1'45"
First edition: ©R, Rv 1932 (R&Co. 5442)
Current edition: ©EMB 1953 (1001) [pocket score]; ©EMB 1954 (1674) [full score]
First performance: 25 Jan 1932, Bp: Budapest Concert Orchestra [Budapesti Hangversenyzenekar], cond. Massimo Freccia [Nos. 1–3 and 5]; 26 Nov 1934, Bp: Philharmonic Society orchestra [Filharmóniai Társaság Zenekara], cond. Heinrich Laber [complete]
 

BB 104 (Sz 98 / W 69)
Forty-four Duos, for two violins (1931–1932)

Pieces and their durations:
Volume I               
1. Párosító / Matchmaking Song 53"
2. Kalamajkó / Maypole Dance 36"
3. Menuetto 58"
4. Szentivánéji / Summer Solstice Song 52"
5. Tót nóta (1) / Slovakian Song (1) 52"
6. Magyar nóta (1) / Hungarian Song (1) 52"
7. Oláh nóta / Walachian Song 40"
8. Tót nóta (2) / Slovakian Song (2) 58"
9. Játék / Play Song 40"
10. Rutén nóta / Ruthenian Song 1'
11. Gyermekrengetéskor / Cradle Song 1'10"
12. Szénagyűjtéskor / Hay-gathering Song 57"
13. Lakodalmas / Wedding Song 1'30"
14. Párnás tánc / Pillow Dance 48"
Volume II
15. Katonanóta / Soldiers’ Song 54"
16. Burleszk / Burlesque 51"
17. Menetelő nóta (1) / Hungarian March (1) 42"
18. Menetelő nóta (2) / Hungarian March (2) 42"
19. Mese / A Fairy Tale 1'06"
20. Dal / Alternating Song 1'21"
21. Újévköszöntő (1) / New Year’s Greeting (1) 2'07"
22. Szúnyogtánc / Mosquito Dance 40"
23. Menyasszonybúcsúztató / Farewell to the Bride 1'13"
24. Tréfás nóta / Jeering Song 42"
25. Magyar nóta (2) / Hungarian Song (2) 45"
Volume III
26. “Ugyan édes komámasszony” / Teasing Song 30"
27. Sánta-tánc / Limping Dance 30"
28. Bánkódás / Sorrow 2'06"
29. Újévköszöntő (2) / New Year’s Greeting (2) 41"
30. Újévköszöntő (3) / New Year’s Greeting (3) 48"
31. Újévköszöntő (4) / New Year’s Greeting (4) 33"
32. Máramarosi tánc / Dance from Máramaros 38"
33. Aratáskor / Harvest Song 1'27"
34. Számláló nóta / Enumerating Song 55"
35. Rutén kolomejka / Ruthenian Kolomeika 50"
36. Szól a duda / Bagpipes 55"
Volume IV
37. Preludium és kánon / Prelude and Canon 3'40"
38. Forgatós / Romanian Whirling Dance 36"
39. Szerb tánc / Serbian Dance 43"
40. Oláh tánc / Walachian Dance 45"
41. Scherzo 53"–49"
42. Arab dal / Arabian Song 1'11"
43. Pizzicato 1'05"
44. “Erdélyi” tánc / Transylvanian Dance 1'50"
First edition: ©UE 1933 (10391–10394) [in 4 vols], (10452a–b) [in 2 vols], (10452) [in 1 vol.] [© renewed 1960 by B&H] – earlier, incomplete publications: Nos. 1–10, 13–15, 17–19, 22, 26–27, 29–31 and 37 in Erich and Elma Doflein (eds.), Das Geigen-Schulwerk, Schott 1932 (2201–2203); Nos. 6, 8, 10, 13–15, 19–21, 28, 31–32, 34–35, 37, 40–41 and 44 in Erich Doflein (ed.), Spielmusik für Violine, Heft III–IV, Schott 1932 (2213–2214)
Current edition: New Edition: UE 1992 (10452a–b)
First performances: 7 (?) Aug 1931, Mondsee: Ferenc Róth, Jenő Antal [selection of 5–6 pieces]; 20 Jan 1932, Bp: Imre Waldbauer, György Hannover [Nos. 44, 19, 16, 28, 43, 36, 21 and 42]
Arrangement: Nos. 28, 32, 38, 43, 16 and 36 for piano: BB 113
 

BB 105 (Sz 107 / W 59)
Mikrokosmos, Vols. I–VI, 153 pieces for piano (1926, 1932–1939)

Dedication: Vols. I–II Péteré [Péter’s] [Peter Bartók]; Vol. VI, nos. 148–153 Dedicated to Miss Harriet Cohen
Pieces and their durations:

Volume I
1–6. Six Unison Melodies 2'40"
7. Dotted Notes 30"
8. Repetition 30"
9. Syncopation 35"
10. With Alternate Hands 40"
11. Parallel Motion 27"
12. Reflection 25"
13. Change of Position 30"
14. Question and Answer 40"
15. Village Song 25"
16. Parallel Motion and Change of Position 45"
17. Contrary Motion 30"
18–21. Four Unison Melodies 1'52"
22. Imitation and Counterpoint 28"
23. Imitation and Inversion 30"
24. Pastorale 35"
25. Imitation and Inversion 57"
26. Repetition 30"
27. Syncopation 35"
28. Canon at the Octave 30"
29. Imitation Reflected 30"
30. Canon at the Lower Fifth 43"
31. Little Dance in Canon Form [“Dance in Canon Form” in current edn] 35"
32. In Dorian Mode 52"
33. Slow Dance 45"
34. In Phrygian Mode 45"
35. Chorale 1'13"
36. Free Canon 42"
Appendix. Exercises 1–4
Volume II
37. In Lydian Mode 40"
38. Staccato and Legato 15"
39. Staccato and Legato 30"
40. In Yugoslav Mode 40" [Bartók erroneously wrote 1'40"]
41. Melody with Accompaniment 40"
42. Accompaniment in Broken Triads 1'20"
43. In Hungarian Style (a) for two pianos; (b) for one piano 30"
44. Contrary Motion (for two pianos) 17"
45. Méditation 37"
46. Increasing–Diminishing 58"
47. Big Fair 35"
48. In Mixolydian Mode 1'
49. Crescendo–Dimininuendo 24"
50. Minuetto 27"
51. Waves 1'
52. Unison Divided 17"
53. In Transylvanian Style 36"
54. Chromatic 15"
55. Triplets in Lydian Mode (for two pianos) 30"
56. Melody in Tenths 15"
57. Accents 47"
58. In Oriental Style 55"
59. Major and Minor 42"
60. Canon with Sustained Notes 42"
61. Pentatonic Melody 50"
62. Minor Sixths in Parallel Motion 40"
63. Buzzing 37"
64a, b. Line and Point 30" + 30"
65. Dialogue (for voice and piano) 37"
66. Melody Divided 1'08"
Appendix. Exercises 5–18
Volume III
67. Thirds Against a Single Voice 35"
68. Hungarian Dance (for two pianos) 30"
69. Chord Study 1'
70. Melody Against Double Notes 1'08"
71. Thirds 1'15"
72. Dragons’ Dance 30"
73. Sixths and Triads 37"
74. Hungarian Song (a) for piano; (b) for voice and piano [“Hungarian Matchmaking Song” in current edn] 38"
75. Triplets 54"
76. In Three Parts 27"
77. Little Study 36"
78. Five-Tone Scale 27"
79. Hommage à J. S. B. 50"
80. Hommage à R. Sch. 37"
81. Wandering 1'
82. Scherzo 30"
83. Melody with Interruptions 45"
84. Merriment 45"
85. Broken Chords 1'17"
86. Two Major Pentachords 1'18"
87. Variations 1'20"
88. Duet for Pipes 1'
89. In Four Parts 53"
90. In Russian Style 37"
91. Chromatic Invention (1) 55"
92. Chromatic Invention (2) 40"
93. In Four Parts 37"
94. Tale 55" [Bartók recording 58”]
95. Song of the Fox (a) for piano; (b) for voice and piano 40"
96. Stumblings 45"
Appendix. Exercises 19–31
Volume IV
97. Notturno 1'40" [Bartók recording 1’50”]
98. Thumb Under 35"
99. Crossed Hands [“Hands Crossing” in current edn] 1'
100. In the Style of a Folk Song [“In Folk Song Style” in current edn] 45" [Bartók recording 47”]
101. Diminished Fifth 57"
102. Harmonics 1'21"
103. Minor and Major 1'15"
104a, b. Wandering Through the Keys 30"
105. Playsong (with two pentatonic scales) 1'
106. Children’s Song 1'05"
107. Melody in the Mist 1'10"
108. Wrestling 1' [Bartók recording 58”]
109. From the Island of Bali 1'58" [Bartók recording 2’]
110. Clashing Sounds [“And the Sounds Clash and Clang...” in current edn] 1'08"
111. Intermezzo 1'38"
112. Variations on a Folk Tune 1'
113. Bulgarian Rhythm (1) 1' [Bartók recording 1’06”]
114. Theme and Inversion 1'15" [Bartók recording 1’15”]
115. Bulgarian Rhythm (2) 23"
116. Melody [“Song” in current edn] 1'30" [Bartók recording 1’40”]
117. Bourrée 1'
118. Triplets in 9/8 Time 57" [Bartók recording 50”]
119. Dance in 3/4 Time 50"
120. Fifth Chords [“Triads” in current edn] 1' [Bartók recording 54”]
121. Two-Part Study 1'15"
Appendix. Exercises 32–33 55"
Volume V
122. Chords Together and Opposed [“Chords Together and in Opposition” in current edn] 55"
123a, b. Staccato and Legato 50"
124. Staccato 1'08" [Bartók recording 1’15”]
125. Boating 1'20" [Bartók recording 1’16”]
126. Change of Time 40" [Bartók recording 38”]
127. New Hungarian Folk Song (for voice and piano) 55"
128. Peasant Dance [“Stamping Dance” in current edn] 1'13" [Bartók recording 1’14”]
129. Alternating Thirds 47" [Bartók recording 47”]
130. Village Joke 45" [Bartók recording 45”]
131. Fourths 45" [Bartók recording 53”]
132. Major Seconds Broken and Together 1'30"
133. Syncopation 1'05" [Bartók recording 58”]
134a, b, c. Studies in Double Notes
135. Perpetuum mobile 30"
136. Whole-tone Scale [“Whole-tone Scales” in current edn] 1'35" [Bartók recording 1’44”]
137. Unison 1'40"
138. Bagpipe [“Bagpipe Music” in current edn] 1'10" [Bartók recording 1’20”]
139. Merry Andrew [“Jack-in-the-Box” in current edn] 58" [Bartók recording 51”]
Volume VI
140. Free Variations 1'40" [Bartók recording 1’27”]
141. Subject and Reflection 1'16" [Bartók recording 1’23”]
142. From the Diary of a Fly 1'35" [Bartók recording 1’17”]
143. Divided Arpeggios 2'05" [Bartók recording 2’01”]
144. Minor Seconds, Major Sevenths 3'25" [Bartók recording 4’11”]
145a, b. Chromatic Invention 1'15"
146. Ostinato 2'05" [Bartók recording 2’10”]
147. March 1'45" [Bartók recording 1’55”]
148–153. Six Dances in Bulgarian Rhythm 1’50”+1’10”+1’20”+1’25”+1’13”+1’40” [Bartók recording 2’+1’10”+1’13”+1’28”+1’11”+1’49”]
First edition: ©H&S 1940 (H.15196, H.15197, H.15192, H.15191, H.15189, H.15187)
Current edition: Definitive corr. edn: ©H&S 1987 (no plate number), EMB (125–130)
First performance: 9 Feb 1937, London: Bartók [27 pieces]
Recordings by the composer: (a) Nos. 124 and 146 Col (5 Feb 1937, London), HCD 12329/1; (b) Nos. 109, 138 and 148 [fragments] Babitsné (13 Jan 1939, Bp), HCD 12335/5–7; (c) Nos. 94, 97, 100, 108–109, 113–114, 116, 118, 120, 125–126, 128–131, 133, 136, 138–144, 147–153 Col (29 Apr to 16 May 1940, New York), HCD 12329/2–11
Arrangement: Nos. 113, 69, 135, 123, 127, 145 and 146 for two pianos: BB 120
 

BB 106 (Sz 99 / W 70)
Székely Folksongs, for male choir (1932)

Dedication: Németh Istvánnak és a B. B. Dalegyesületnek [To István Németh and the Béla Bartók Choral Society] 
Duration: 9'26"–9'16"
Pieces and their durations:

1. Assai lento (Hej, de sokszor megbántottál)  4'15"–4'05"
2. Andante, parlando, rubato (Istenem, életem)  1'45"
3. Allegro (Vékony cérna, kemény mag)  1'03"
4. Vivace (Kilyénfalvi középtizbe)  50"
5. Tranquillo (Vékony cérna, kemény mag)  27"
6. Allegretto (Járjad pap a táncot)  1'06"
First edition: ©MK 1938 (418 I–II.) – earlier, incomplete publication: Nos. 3–5, simplified, in Schweizerische Sängerzeitung 1933/1–2
Current editions: ©EMB 1950 (4675); with German text only: Schott n.d. (Z.4675); Nos. 1–2: ©EMB 1955 (1972)
 

BB 107 (Sz 100 / W 34)
Hungarian Peasant Songs, for orchestra (1933) (from BB 79/6–12,14–15)

Scoring: 2 fl (2. anche picc), 2 ob (2. anche cor i), 2 cl in la, sib (2. anche cl b), 2 fg ,2 cor, 2 tr in do, 2 trb, tb, timp, gr c, arp, archi
Duration: 9'
Pieces and their durations:
I. Ballad  2'57"
II. Hungarian Peasant Dances  ca. 6'
First edition: ©UE 1933 (10.573) [facsimile of Bartók’s manuscript]
Revised edition: ©H&S 1939 (16167)
First performance: 18 Nov 1933, Rotterdam: Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra [Rotterdamsch Philharmonisch Orkest], cond. Eduard Flipse
Further important early performance: 18 Mar 1934, Szombathely: orchestra of the Cultural Society of Vas County and the Town of Szombathely, orchestra of the 5th infantry regiment [Vasvármegye és Szombathely Város Kultúregyesülete zenekara, 5. honvéd gyalogezred zenekara], cond. Gyula Baranyai
 

BB 108 (Sz 101 / W 64)
Five Hungarian Folksongs, for voice and orchestra (1933) (from BB 98/12111412)

Scoring: canto; 2 fl (2. anche picc), 2 ob, cor i, 2 cl in la, sib (2. anche cl b), 2 fg (2. anche cfg), 2 cor, 2 tr in do, 2 trb, tb, timp, gr c, ptti, trgl, tamb picc, tamt, arp, pf, archi
Duration: [BBCE recording 10’16”]
Pieces and their durations:
1. A tömlöcben [In Prison] [BBCE recording 3’18”]
2. Régi keserves [Old Lament] [BBCE recording 2’11”]
3. Sárga csikó, csengő rajta [Nuptial Serenade] [BBCE recording 1’27”]
4. Panasz [Complaint] [BBCE recording 1’56”]
5. Virágéknál ég a világ [Humorous Song] [BBCE recording 1’13”]
First edition: ©UE 1933 (7270) [on hire]; © in the USA 1977 by B&H
Current edition: 20 Hungarian Folksongs, C.I.C.A. Music Publisher [n.d., no plate number; together with the orchestration of the rest of BB 98 made by Zoltán Kocsis]
First performance: 23 Oct 1933, Bp: Mária Basilides, Philharmonic Society orchestra [Filharmóniai Társaság Zenekara], cond. Ernő Dohnányi
 

BB 109 (Sz 42 / W 22)
Béla Bartók–Tivadar Országh, Hungarian Folksongs, Vols. I–II, for violin and piano (1934) (from BB 53)

Duration: 8'59"
Pieces and their durations:

Part I 
1. Andante (Fehér fuszujkavirág)  1'25" [Bartók recording 1'30"]
2. Allegretto (Nem messzi van ide Margitta)  30" [Bartók recording 33"]
3. Lento, ma non troppo (Kis kece lányom)  1'17" [Bartók recording 1'15"]
4. Allegro (Anyám, édesanyám)  1' [Bartók recording 58"]
Part II               
5. Lento, poco rubato (Nem loptam én életembe)  1'45"
6. Allegretto (A csanádi legények)  30"
7. Allegretto scherzando (Ha bemegyek, ha bemegyek, ha bemegyek a dobozi csárdába)  35"
8. Sostenuto (Ej görbénye, görbénye)  1'17"
9. Allegro robusto  50"
First edition: ©Rv 1934 (1699)
Current edition: ©EMB 1954 (1527)
Recording by the composer: Part I, Babitsné (4  Nov 1939), HCD 12337/2
 

BB 110 (Sz 102 / W 71)
String Quartet no. 5 (1934)

Dedication: Dedicated to Mrs. [Elizabeth] Sprague-Coolidge
Duration: 27'39"
Movements and their durations:
I. Allegro  7'4,5"
II. Adagio molto  5'19,5"
III. Scherzo  4'36"
IV. Andante  4'17,5"
V. Finale  6'21,5"
First edition: ©UE 1936 (10736), WPhV (167)
First performance: 8 Apr 1935, Washington: Kolisch Quartet
Further important early performances: 18 Feb 1936, Vienna, and 3 Mar 1936, Bp: New Hungarian Quartet
 

BB 111a (Sz 103 / W 72)
Twenty-seven Two- and Three-Part Choruses, a cappella (1935–1936)

Dedication: Vol. IV, no. 4 1935. X. 31-ére [for 31 October 1935] [Ditta Pásztory’s birthday]
Duration: 42'21"
Movements and their durations:
Volume I

1. Tavasz / Spring 2'02"
2. Ne hagyj itt! / Only Tell Me 1'50"
3. Jószágigéző / Enchanting Song 1'15"
Volume II
1. Levél az otthoniakhoz / To My Homeland 2'04"
2. Játék / Candle Song 41"
3. Leánynéző / Choosing a Girl 1'07"
4. Héjja, héjja, karahéjja / Thieving Bird 45"
Volume III
1. Ne menj el! / Don’t Leave Me 1'30"
2. Van egy gyűrűm / The Fickle Girl 1'02"
3. Senkim a világon / Song of Loneliness 1'17"
4. Cipósütés / Breadbaking 2'
Volume IV
1. Huszárnóta / Hussar 1'36"
2. Resteknek nótája / Loafer 39"
3. Bolyongás / Lonely Wanderer 1'40"
4. Lánycsúfoló / Mocking of Girls 1'25"
Volume V
1. Legénycsúfoló / Teasing Song [“Mocking of Youth” in current eds] 57"
2. Mihálynapi köszöntő / Michaelmas Greeting 2'55"
3. Leánykérő / The Wooing of a Girl 1'37"
Volume VI
1. Keserves / Lament 1'47"
2. Madárdal / Song of the Bird 1'24"
3. Csujogató / Stamping Feet 1'15"
Volume VII
1. Bánat / Sorrow of Love 1'30"
2. Ne láttalak volna! / Had I Never Seen You 2'17"
3. Elment a madárka... / The Songbird’s Promise 1'20"
Volume VIII
1. Párnás táncdal / Pillow Dance 2'57"
2. Kánon / Canon 55"
3. Isten veled! / Lover’s Farewell 2'34"
First edition: with Hungarian text only: ©MK 1937 (3351–3377)
Revised editions: with Hungarian text only: ©MK 1942 (3351–3377) [complete in 1 vol.]; with English text: ©H&S 1942 (Oct.1668–1673) [III.4, IV.1, III.1, IV.2, I.2, V.1]
Current editions: with Hungarian text only: ©EMB 1953 (1103) [complete in 1 vol.]; with English and German text: ©H&S 1955 (17721–17723) [I.1, 3, V.3]; with English, German, and French text: ©H&S 1958 (17724–17729) [III.4, IV.1, III.1, IV.2, I.2, V.1]; with English and Hungarian text: 18 Part Songs, vol. I: ©EMB 1971 (6521), vols II–III: ©EMB 1972 (6698–6699) [all of the other pieces]
First performances: 18 Apr 1937, Kecskemét: girls’ choir of the Kecskemét 1st district elementary school, girls’ choir of the Kecskemét vocational school, girls’ choir of the Roman Catholic elementary school of Kiskunfélegyháza, chorus of the Károly Pásthy higher elementary school for girls of Kecskemét, chorus of the Roman Catholic higher elementary school for girls of Kiskunfélegyháza, children’s choir of the János Arany Calvinist secondary school, chorus of the Ladies’ Congregation of Kiskunfélegyháza, male, female and mixed choir of the Kecskemét Municipal Choir, chorus of the Constantinum Roman Catholic school for young ladies of Kiskunfélegyháza [kecskeméti községi I. kerületi elemi iskola leánykara, kecskeméti szakirányú iparostanonciskola leánykara, félegyházi Szent János téri római katolikus elemi iskola leánykara, kecskeméti állami Pásthy Károly polgári leányiskola énekkara, félegyházi római katolikus polgári leányiskola énekkara, nagykőrösi református Arany János Gimnázium gyermekkara, félegyházi Úrinők Kongregációja énekkara, Kecskeméti Városi Dalárda férfi-, női és vegyeskara, kiskunfélegyházi Constantinum római katolikus leánynevelőintézet tanítónőképzőjének énekkara], cond. Mária Salamon, Lajos Nemesszeghy, Sarolta Seress, Margit Gedeon, Mária Teréz Zalay, Barna Márton, Zoltán Vásárhelyi [Vols I, VI and VII completely, and Vol II, nos. 1, 2, 4, Vol. III, nos. 1, 3, 4, Vol. IV, nos. 1, 3, Vol. V, nos. 1, 3 and Vol. VIII, no. 3]; 2 May 1937, Bp: chorus of the Erzsébet Szilágyi secondary school for girls [Szilágyi Erzsébet leánygimnázium énekkara], cond. Adrienne B. Sztojanovits [Vol. V, no. 2]
Further important early performance: 7 May 1937, Bp: chorus of the Batthyány street higher elementary school for girls, chorus of the Liget street higher elementary school for boys, chorus of the Váci street higher elementary school for girls, chorus of the Cistercian secondary school, chorus of the Erzsébet Szilágyi secondary school for girls [Batthyány utcai polgári leányiskola énekkara, Liget utcai polgári fiúiskola énekkara, Váci utcai polgári leányiskola énekkara, a cisztercita gimnázium énekkara, Szilágyi Erzsébet leánygimnázium énekkara], cond. Paula Radnai, László Preisinger, Mrs Ferenc Barth, Benjamin Rajeczky, Adrienne B. Sztojanovits [Vols I–V; III.1, 4 and IV.1–3 with orchestral accompaniment, see BB 111b]
Arrangement: IV.3, III.4, IV.1, III.1, IV.2, I.2, V.1 for choir and orchestra: BB 111b
 

BB 111b (Sz 103 / W 72)
Seven Choruses with orchestra (1937–1941) (from BB 111a/IV.3, III.4, IV.1, III.1, IV.2, I.2, V.1)

Scoring: Nos. 1–5: 2 and 3-part children’s and female choir; 2 blockfl, 2 pf, timp, ptti, gr c, tamb picc, archi; Nos. 6–7: 2 and 3-part children’s and female choir; 2 fl (2. anche picc), 2 ob, 2 cl in la, sib, 2 fg, 4 cor, 2 tr in do, ptti, archi
Pieces and their durations:
1. Bolyongás / Lonely Wanderer
2. Cipósütés / Breadbaking ca. 2'10"
3. Huszárnóta / Hussar ca. 1'45"
4. Ne menj el! / Don’t Leave Me ca. 1'36"
5. Resteknek nótája / Loafer ca. 40"
6. Ne hagyj itt! / Only Tell Me 2'40"
7. Legénycsúfoló / Teasing Song [“Mocking of Youth” in current eds] ca. 1'10"
First editions: Nos. 1–5, with Hungarian text, ©MK 1937 (5551, 5553, 5555, 5557, 5559); Nos. 2–7, with English text, ©B&H 1941 [on hire]
Revised edition: Nos. 1, 2 and 4 ©EMB 1959 (2866, 2867, 2889)
Current edition: Nos. 1–5 ©EMB 1963 (4168)
First performance: 7 May 1937, Bp: chorus of the Váci street higher elementary school for girls (chorus master Mrs Ferenc Barth), chorus and orchestra of the Cistercian secondary school [Váci utcai polgári leányiskola énekkara, a cisztercita gimnázium ének- és zenekara], cond. Benjamin Rajeczky [Nos. 1–5]

Piano-vocal score
First edition: Nos. 2–7, with English text, ©H&S 1942 (Oct.1668–1673)
Current edition: Nos. 2–7, with English, German, and French text, ©H&S 1958 (17724–17729)
 

BB 112 (Sz 104 / W 73)
From Olden Times, for male choir (1935)

Duration: 13'06"
Pieces and their durations:
1. Parlando (Nincs boldogtalanabb)  5'06"
2. Allegro scherzando (Egy, kettő, három, négy)  2'30"
3. Molto tranquillo (Nincsen szerencsésebb)  5'30"
First edition: ©MK 1937 (321) [© assigned 1950 to EMB]
Current edition: with Hungarian and German text: ©EMB n.d. [1973] (6079)
First performances: 18 Apr 1937, Kecskemét: youth chorus of the Calvinist teachers’ training-college of Nagykőrös and Dunamellék [nagykőrösi és dunamelléki református tanítóképző ifjúsági énekkara], cond. Barna Márton [No. 2]; 7 May 1937, Bp: Béla Endre’s vocal ensemble [Endre Béla énekegyüttese] [complete]
 

BB 113 (Sz 105 / W 69)
Petite Suite, for piano (1936) (from BB 104)

Duration: ca. 6'40"
Pieces and their durations:

1. Lassú / Slow Melody [“Lingering Melody” in current edns] 2'06" [Bartók recording 2'12"]
1bis Oláhos / Walachian Dance [“Máramarosi tánc” in current edns] 44" [Bartók recording 51"]
2. Forgatós / Whirling Dance 40" [Bartók recording 45"]
3. Pengetős / Quasi Pizzicato 1'15" [Bartók recording 1'20"]
4. Oroszos / Ukrainian Song 51" [Bartók recording 56"]
5. Dudás / Bagpipe 55" [Bartók recording (a) 1', (b) 57"]
First edition: ©UE 1938 (10987) [© assigned 1939 to H&S for the British Empire, USA etc.]
Revised editions: B&H é.n. [1943?] (U.E.10987); B&H 1944 (Pa 35)
Current editions: New Edition: UE 1995 (10987); BR 2005 (706)
First performance: 6 Dec 1936, Békéscsaba: Bartók
Recordings by the composer: (a) No. 5 Patria (c1936 Bp), HCD 12326/20; (b) complete, with the additional piece No. 1bis, Cont (Oct 1942, USA), HCD 12331/4
Remark: No. 1bis was composed in 1943, therefore it is not included in the 1st edn.
 

BB 114 (Sz 106 / W 74)
Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta (1936)

Dedication: dem Basler Kammerorchester und seinem Leiter Herrn Paul Sacher
Scoring: vl I–IV, vle I–II, vlc I–II, cb I–II, tamb picc, ptti, tamt, gr c, timp, xil, cel, arp, pf
Duration: ca. 25'40"
Movements and their durations:
I. Andante tranquillo  ca. 6'30"
II. Allegro  ca. 6'55"
III. Adagio  ca. 6'35"
IV. Allegro molto  ca. 5'40"
First edition: ©UE 1937 (10.815) [conductor’s score], (10.888), WPhV (201) [pocket score]
Facsimile edition: ©Paul Sacher Stiftung, Schott 2000
First performance: 21 Jan 1937, Basle: Basle Chamber Orchestra [Basler Kammerorchester], cond. Paul Sacher
Further important early performance: 14 Feb 1938, Philharmonic Society orchestra [Filharmóniai Társaság Zenekara], cond. Ernő Dohnányi
 

BB 115 (Sz 110 / W 75)
Sonata for two Pianos and Percussion (1937)

Scoring: 2 pf, 3 timp, xil, tamb picc, ptti, gr c, trgl, tamt
Duration: ca. 24'34"
Movements and their durations:
I. Assai lento – Allegro molto  ca. 12'10" [Bartók recording 12'46"]
II. Lento, ma non troppo  ca. 5'38" [Bartók recording 6'15"]
III. Allegro non troppo  ca. 6'46" [Bartók recording 6'42"]
First edition: ©H&S 1942 (8675)
First performance: 16 Jan 1938, Basle: Bartók, Ditta Pásztory (pf), Fritz Schiesser, Philipp Rühlig (perc.)
Further important early performance: 31 Oct 1938, Bp: Bartók, Ditta Pásztory (pf), József Jegesi, Sándor Vigdorovits (perc.)
Recording by the composer: CBS (Nov 1940, New York), HCD 12331/1–3 [with Ditta Pásztory, Henry J. Baker and Edward J. Rubsan]
Arrangement: for two pianos and orchestra: BB 121
 

BB 116 (Sz 111 / W 77)
Contrasts, for violin, clarinet, and piano (1938)

Dedication: Written for and dedicated to Benny Goodman and Joseph Szigeti
Scoring: vl, cl in la, sib, pf
Duration: ca. 15'31"
Pieces and their durations:
I. Verbunkos [Recruiting Dance] ca. 4'56" [Bartók recording 5'32"]
II. Pihenő [Relaxation] ca. 4'13" [Bartók recording 4'36"]
III. Sebes [Fast Dance] ca. 6'22" [Bartók recording 7'02"]
First editions: B&H 1942 (B. Ens 49-73) [full score], (18756) [pocket score]
First performances: 9 Jan 1939, New York: Joseph Szigeti (vl), Benny Goodman (cl), Endre Petri (pf) [Movs I and III]; 13–14 May 1940, New York: Szigeti, Goodman, Bartók (studio recording) [complete]; 4 Feb 1941, Boston: Szigeti, Goodman, Bartók (in concert)
Recording by the composer: Col (13–14 May 1940, New York), HCD 12328/10–12 [with Joseph Szigeti and Benny Goodman]
Remark: Date of recording from BBCE
 

BB 117 (Sz 112 / W 76)
Violin Concerto (no. 2) (1937–1938)

Dedication: To my dear friend Zoltán Székely
Scoring: vl solo; 2 fl (2. anche picc), 2 ob (2. anche cor i), 2 cl in la (2. anche cl b), 2 fg (2. anche cfg), 4 cor, 2 tr in do, 2 trb t, trb b, timp, 2 tamb picc, gr c, ptti, trgl, tamt, cel, arp, archi
Duration: ca. 32'
Movements and their durations:
I. Allegro non troppo  ca. 12'16"
II. Andante tranquillo  ca. 9'37"
III. Allegro molto ca. 9'46" [az 1. befejezéssel], ca. 9'40" [a 2. befejezéssel]
First edition: ©B&H 1946 (9003)
First performance: 23 Mar 1939, Amsterdam: Zoltán Székely, Concertgebouw Orchestra, cond. Willem Mengelberg
Further important early performance: 5 Jan 1944, Bp: Péter Szervánszky, Székesfővárosi Zenekar, cond. János Ferencsik

Reduction for violin and piano
First edition: ©B&H 1941 (8296)

 

BB 118 (Sz 113 / W 78)
Divertimento, for string orchestra (1939)

Dedication: Written for the Basle Chamber Orchestra
Duration: 22'13"
Movements and their durations:
I. Allegro non troppo  8'16"
II. Molto adagio  7'24"
III. Allegro assai  6'33"
First edition: ©H&S 1940 (8326) [full score], (8716) [pocket score]
First performance: 11 Jun 1940, Basle: Basle Chamber Orchestra [Basler Kammerorchester], cond. Paul Sacher
Further important early performances: 24 & 25 Jan 1941, = Philadelphia, and 28 Jan, New York: Philadelphia Orchestra, cond. Eugene Ormándy; 22 May 1941, London: Reginald Jacques String Orchestra; 8 Dec 1941, Bp: [...] cond. Viktor Vaszy
 

BB 119 (Sz 114 / W 79)
String Quartet no. 6 (1939)

Dedication: Dedicated to the Kolisch Quartet
Duration: 26'10"
Movements and their durations:
I. Mesto – Più mosso, pesante – Vivace  6'46"
II. Mesto – Marcia  7'
III. Mesto – Burletta  6'44"
IV. Mesto  5'40"
First edition: ©H&S 1941 (8437)
First performance: 20 Jan 1941, New York: Kolisch Quartet
 

BB 120 (Sz 108 / W 59)
Seven Pieces from Mikrokosmos, for two pianos (–1940) (from BB 105/11369135123127145146)

Duration: ca. 8'12"
Pieces and their durations:
 
1. Bulgarian Rhythm  1'07"
2. Chord and Trill Study  ca. 1' [Bartók recording 1'10"]
3. Perpetuum mobile  1'
4. Short Canon and its Inversion  50"
5. New Hungarian Folk Song  55" [Bartók recording 1'01"]
6. Chromatic Invention  1'15" [Bartók recording 1'09"]
7. Ostinato  2'05"
First edition: ©B&H 1947 (15856)
Facsimile edition: No. 2 Demény János (ed.): Bartók Béla levelei (Az utolsó két év gyűjtése) (Bp: Művelt Nép, 1951)
First performance: 29 Jan 1940, Bp: Bartók, Ditta Pásztory [Nos 2, 3, 5, 6]; 23 Feb 1942, Amherst: Bartók, Ditta Pásztory [Nos 2–7]
Further important early performances: 24 Nov 1940, New York: Bartók, Ditta Pásztory [Nos 2, 3, 5, 6]
Recording by the composer: Nos. 2, 5 and 6 Cont (Oct 1942, USA), HCD 12331/9 [with Ditta Pásztory]
 

BB 121 (Sz 115 / W 75)
Concerto for two Pianos and Orchestra (1940) (from BB 115)

Scoring: 2 pf soli, 3 timp, xil, tamb picc, ptti, gr c, trgl, tamt; 2 fl (2. anche picc), 2 ob (2. anche cor i), 2 cl in la, si b, 2 fg (2. anche cfg), 4 cor, 2 tr in do, 3 trb, cel, archi
Duration: ca. 24'30"
Movements: 
I. Assai lento – Allegro molto
II. Lento, ma non troppo
III. Allegro non troppo
First edition: ©H&S 1970 (19836)
First performance: 14 Nov 1942, London: Lajos Kentner, Ilona Kabos, London Philharmonic Orchestra, cond. Adrian Boult
Further important early performance: 21 Jan 1943, New York: Bartók, Ditta Pásztory, New York Philharmonic, cond. Fritz Reiner
 

BB 122 (Sz 115a / W 12)
Suite for two Pianos, op. 4b (1941) (from BB 40)

Duration: [BBCE recording 29’33”]
Pieces and their durations:
I. Serenata  [BBCE recording 6’28”]
II. Allegro diabolico  [BBCE recording 8’58”]
III. Scena della puszta  [BBCE recording 7’26”]
IV. Per finire  [BBCE recording 6’31”]
First edition: ©H&S 1960 (18574)
First performance: 6 Jan 1942, Chicago: Bartók, Ditta Pásztory
Remark: for earlier © data see BB 40 leírásánál
 

BB 123 (Sz 116 / W 80)
Concerto for Orchestra (1943)

Dedication: Written for the Koussevitzky Music Foundation in memory of Mrs. Natalie Koussevitzky
Scoring: 3 fl (3. anche picc), 3 ob (3. anche cor i), 3 cl in la, sib (3. anche cl b), 3 fg (3. anche cfg), 4 cor, 3 tr in do (tr 4 ad lib.), 2 trb t, trb b, tb, timp, tamb picc, gr c, tamt, ptti, trgl, 2 arp, archi
Duration: ca. 37'
Movements and their durations:
I. Introduzione  ca. 9'48"
II. Giuoco delle coppie  ca. 6'17"
III. Elegia  ca. 7'11"
IV. Intermezzo interrotto  ca. 4'08"
V. Finale  ca. 8'52"
First edition: ©H&S 1946 (9009)
Current edition: revised edition ©B&H 1993 (9009)
First performance: 1 Dec 1944, Boston: Boston Symphony Orchestra, cond. Serge Koussevitzky 

Piano reduction (1944)
First edition: and the facsimile of Bartók’s manuscript, ed. György Sándor: ©B&H 2001 (11242)
First performance: 4 Feb 1990, Chicago: György Sándor
 

BB 124 (Sz 117 / W 81)
Sonata for Solo Violin (1944)

Duration: ca. 23'35"
Movements and their durations:
I. Tempo di ciaccona  8'45"
II. Fuga  3'50"
III. Melodia  6'22"
IV. Presto  4'35"
First edition: ©H&S 1947 (15896); the original version of Mov. IV with quarter-tones was first published in Musik-Konzepte 22: Béla Bartók (Nov 1981)
Current edition: Urtext edition ©H&S 1994 (no plate number)
First performance: 26 Nov 1944, New York: Yehudi Menuhin
 

BB 125 (Sz 118 / W 83)
Goat Song (The Husband’s Lament), for voice and piano (1945)

Dedication: Tekintetes Tudós Kecskeméti Pál Urnak hálás tisztelője
First edition: János Demény (ed.): Bartók Béla levelei (Az utolsó két év gyűjtése) (Bp: Művelt Nép, 1951) [facsimile]
Current edition: ©BR 2002 (701)

 

BB 126 (Sz – / W 82)
Three Ukrainian Folksongs, for voice and piano (c1945)

Unpublished
 

BB 127 (Sz 119 / W 84)
Piano Concerto no. 3 (1945)

Scoring: pf solo; 2 fl, 2 ob, 2 cl in la, 2 fg, 4 cor, 2 tr in do, 3 trb, tb, timp, xil, trgl, tamb picc, ptti, gr c, tamt, archi
Duration: 23'
Movements:
I. Allegretto
II. Adagio religioso – [poco più mosso] – Tempo I
III. [Allegro vivace]
First edition: ©B&H 1947 (9122); reduction for two pianos by Mátyás Seiber: ©H&S 1947 (15897)
Current edition: revised edition ©B&H 1994 (9122)
First performance: 8 Feb 1946, Philadelphia: György Sándor, Philadelphia Orchestra, cond. Eugene Ormandy
Further important early performance: 26 Sep 1947, Bp: Béla Böszörményi-Nagy, Radio Orchestra [Rádiózenekar], cond. János Ferencsik
Remark: the last 17 bars were orchestrated by Tibor Serly
 

BB 128 (Sz 120 / W 85)
Viola Concerto (1945) (draft, realized and scored by Tibor Serly)

Scoring: 3 fl (3. anche picc), 2 ob, 2 cl in sib, 2 fg, 3 cor, 3 tr in sib, 2 trb, tb, timp, tamb picc, ptti, gr c, archi
Duration: 20'30"
Movements:
I. [Moderato]
II. [Adagio religioso] – allegretto
III. [Allegro vivace]
First edition: ©B&H 1950 (16953); reduction for viola and piano by Tibor Serly: ©B&H 1949 (16854)
Current edition: revised version (ed. Peter Bartók, Nelson Dellamaggiore): ©B&H 1995 [no plate number]
Facsimile edition of Bartók’s draft: ©BR 1995
First performance: 2 Dec 1949, Minneapolis: William Primrose, Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, cond. Antal Doráti
Arrangement: for violoncello and orchestra made by Tibor Serly: ©B&H 1956 (16854)