BARTÓK, Béla, 1881-1945

Concerto for Viola and Orchestra. Facsimile of the Autograph Draft, with an Introduction by Laszlo Somfai. Preface by Peter Bartók. New Fair Copy of the Autograph by Nelson Dellamaggiore

[Concerto, viola, orchestra, draft]

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Bartók, Concerto for Viola, cover
Homosassa, 1995. 28 x 40 cm, 16 facs, 80 pp. Full-color facsimile of the composing (short) score written in 1944 in New York (and Saranac Lake), which, along with the Third Piano Concerto, is the composer’s last work. The concerto, a commission of the violist William Primrose, although “complete”, was not scored by Bartók (the composer referred to its orchestration as “mechanical work”), and surely many details and modifications would have occurred when he transferred the composition onto the final score paper. That task was later completed by Tibor Serly. With this facsimile we can finally answer the question, how much is Bartók, and what details come from Serly. With preface by Peter Bartók and commentary provided in Eng-Hung-Ger-Jap-Sp. Hardbound in black, with gold lettering. P.O.A.
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