Bartók, Béla, 1881-1945

Alternative names
Birth 1881-03-25
Death 1945-09-26
Serbian, Hungarian, German, Romanian; Moldavian; Moldovan, Turkish, English

Biographical notes:

Commissioned by the Basel section of the International Society for Contemporary Music. Composed originally as Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion 1937. Orchestrated 1940 as this Concerto. First performance London, 14 November 1942, Royal Philharmonic Society, Adrian Boult conductor, Louis Kentner and Ilona Kabos soloists.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of Concerto for 2 pianos and orchestra / Béla Bartók. [194-?] (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 48088246

Hungarian composer.

From the description of Béla Bartók autograph letter to Boosey & Hawkes, 1945 May 13. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 528674979

From the description of Autograph note signed on his visiting card, dated : Budapest, [n.d.], to an unidentified recipient, [n.d.]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270873151


From the description of Béla Bartók manuscripts, 1940-1981, 1940-1943 (bulk). (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 465279188

Source materials relating to early works of Béla Bartók (1881-1945).

From the description of Bartók-Freund collection 1904-1950s 1910-1930s (bulk). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71130005

Hungarian composer, ethnomusicologist, and pianist.

From the description of Autograph letter signed, dated : Vienna, to an unidentified recipient, n.d. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270672014

From the description of Autograph letters signed (2), dated : Cincinnati, 1 February 1928, and Budapest, 21 March 1928, to Mrs. Walton in New York, 1928 Feb. 1 and Mar. 21. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270672011

From the description of [3 rondos on (Slovak) folk tunes for piano. Nos. 2-3]. [1927?] (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270561614

From the description of Autograph letters signed (3), dated : Budapest, Rome, and [n.p.], to [Ambassadress Elisabetta Cerruti], 1929 Feb. 6, 1929 Apr. 15, and n.d. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270672003

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Berlin, to Mme Zsigmond Gordony in Budapest, 1903 Dec. 20. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270672006

From the description of Autograph postal card signed, dated : Budapest, 8 November 1922, to Breitkopf & Härtel, 1922 Nov. 8. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270672000

From the description of Autograph postal cards signed (2), dated : Paris, 11 April 1922 and Frankfurt, 30 April 1922, to Philip Heseltine [i.e. Peter Warlock], 1922 Apr. 11 and 30. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270672009

From the description of Tót népdal. / (Slowakisches Volkslied.) [manuscript]. Sept. 1925. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270561622

From the description of Sonáta (op. 1) / zongorára szerzé / Bartók Béla / ajánlva / Ótócska Miczi kisasszonynak / Pozsony, 1898. (jan. febr. márcz.). 1898. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270561617

From the description of Autograph letter signed on his visiting card, dated : [n.p., n.d.], to an unidentified lady, [n.d.]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270899304

Composed 1937-38. First performance Amsterdam, 23 April 1939, Concertgebouw Orchestra, Willem Mengelberg conductor, Zoltán Székely violinist.

From the description of Concerto, violin, no. 2 / Béla Bártok. 1937, 1938. (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 42696964

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