Second Movement from "Streichquartett nr. 2"

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Béla Bartók

Béla Bartók (arr. Chang Su Koh)

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General Info

Year: 1915-1917 / 2006
Duration: c. 8:48
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Bravo Music
Cost: Score and Parts - Rental


Full Score
Piccolo (doubling Flute III)
Flute I-II
B-flat Clarinet I-II (div.)
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II (div.)
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II
Euphonium (div.)
Tuba (div.)
String Bass


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The String Quartet No. 2 in A minor by Béla Bartók was written between 1915 and October 1917 in Rákoskeresztúr in Hungary. It is one of six string quartets by Bartok.

In a letter to André Gertier, Bartók described the first movement as being in sonata form, the second as "a kind of rondo" and the third as "difficult to define" but possibly a sort of ternary form. Zoltán Kodály, who thought of the three movements of this quartet as "life episodes," heard "peaceful life" in the first movement, and for all its roiling emotions, the movement does indeed leave an impression of tranquility at the end. The brooding, intense last movement (Kodály heard it as "suffering") is particularly funereal because it is as immobile as the second movement is animated.

The work was dedicated to the Waldbauer-Kerpely Quartet, who gave the piece its premiere on 3 March 1918 in Budapest. The work was first published in 1920 by Universal Edition.

- Program Note adapted from Wikipedia

This arrangement was commissioned by Osaka (Japan) Toin High School Symphonic Band, Premiered in July 2005. It was intended to be technically demanding but within the capabilities of small bands.

-Program Note adapted from arranger


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Fukushima (Japan) Prefectural Haramachi High School Band (Naoto Saito, conductor) - 10 October 2016
  • Sapporo City (Hokkaido, Japan) Kotoni Junior High School Band (Hisao Nakata, conductor) - 10 October 2015

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