Song of the Mountain Horn

From Wind Repertory Project
Béla Bartók

Béla Bartók (arr. Pierre La Plante)

Subtitle: Music of Béla Bartók

General Info

Year: 2013
Duration: c. 4:37
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Daehn Publications
Cost: Score and Parts - $76.00   |   Score Only - $6.00


1. Dance (Hungarian)
2. Song of the Mountain Horn (Romanian)
3. Allegro Ironico (Hungarian)
4. Fooling (Slovakian)


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I/English Horn
Oboe II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Marimba
  • Orchestra Chimes
  • Ratchet
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Temple Blocks
  • Triangle
  • Whip
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

These settings are based on early piano works by Béla Bártok, written as a student exercise in 1908-1909 and entitled For Children. They have been freely reimagined and transcribed, with percussion added and phrases repeated or extended. The rhythms, harmonies and melodies are 98% Bártok.

The four movements are as follows:

1. Dance (Hungarian) appears in various collections of easy piano under that title and is well known by many young pianists.
2. Song of the Mountain Horn (Romanian), also called Buciumeana (dance from Bucsum), was the fourth movement of the six Romanian Dances, originally composed for piano in 1915 and later for orchestra in 1917.
3. Allegro ironico (Hungarian) often shares the title of Teasing Song or something similar with the final movement (Fooling), so the arranger opted to use the tempt marking as the title for this movement.
4. Fooling (Slovakian) was originally titled Former Flame.

- Program Note by the Antoinette Reading Junior High School Band concert program, 17 December 2014


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Lytle, Stephen. "Song of the Mountain Horn." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 11, Compiled and edited by Richard Miles, 267-278. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2018.