Bartok Suite, A

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Béla Bartók

Béla Bartók (arr. Larry Clark)

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Subtitle: From the For Children Piano Collection.

General Info

Year: 1909 / 1997
Duration: c. 4:15
Difficulty: I (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Piano
Publisher: Alfred Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $56.00; (digital) - $56.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


Four unnamed movements


Full Score
B-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet
Horn in F
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

From Bartok's famous For Children collection of short pieces for piano comes this expertly designed and carefully executed suite of four movements. For the youngest ensemble, great care has been taken so that there will be no unexpected technical difficulties. Each movement appears in a comfortable key and uses authentic melodic and harmonic material for a stylistically accurate musical experience. This is thoroughly charming scoring.

- Program Note from publisher

For Children is a cycle of short piano pieces composed by Béla Bartók. The collection was originally started in 1908 and completed in 1909, and comprised 85 pieces which were issued in four volumes. Each piece is based on a folk tune, Hungarian in the first two volumes (42 pieces), and Slovak in the last two (43 pieces). In 1945, Bartók revised the set, removing six pieces which used tunes which had been inaccurately transcribed or found not to be original folk tunes, and substantially changing the harmonization of a number of others; the cycle, now of 79 pieces, was reissued in two volumes (of 40 and 39 pieces).

The pieces were written as student works, and progress slightly in difficulty through each half of the cycle. However, in modern times, some concert pianists (notably Zoltán Kocsis) have begun including some of them on their recital programs, citing their musical value even apart from their pedagogical origins.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class D
  • Louisiana: I
  • South Carolina: I
  • Texas: I. Complete
  • Virginia: I


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