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Allegro Barbaro (arr Wallace)

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Béla Bartók

Béla Bartók (arr. Tom Wallace)


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Subtitle: Adapted from 'Allegro Barbaro (1911) for Solo Piano'


General Info

Year: 1911 / 1995
Duration: c. 3:05
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Arrangers Publishing Co.
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $80.00; (digital) - $15.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00; (digital) - $15.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe
Bassoon
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass 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
Euphonium
Tuba
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V

(percussion detail desired)


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Allegro Barbaro, BB 63 (Sz. 49), composed in 1911, is one of Béla Bartók's most famous and frequently performed solo piano pieces. The composition is typical of Bartók's style, utilizing folk elements. The work combines Hungarian and Romanian scales; Hungarian peasant music is based on the pentatonic scale, while Romanian music is largely chromatic.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


Allegro Barbaro was composed in 1911, but the first performance didn't occur until 1921. According to Maurice Hinson, editor, Bartók premiered the piece in February 1913 in Kecskemet, Hungary. Like many of Bartók's compositions, there are several different editions of Allegro Barbaro. The piece was performed in private by Bartók many times by memory before he even started to notate the music. In many early printed versions of the composition, the tempo markings were indicated at a much slower speed. These indications would confuse musicians because the recordings of Bartók performing his own composition were much faster than indicated. Also, many times certain accents and dynamics would be performed by the composer but would not make it to paper because each performance was different. The publication of the composition that took place in 1918 in Vienna has become to standard and final edition. Allegro Barbaro is a frequent choice of students to orchestrate, in particular for their college studies.

With apologies to the Bartok purists, this transcription for winds and percussion has been described by different reviewers as everywhere from "heavy metal: classical style” to a rather succinct “terribly awful”. But I wonder, if Bartok had had the modern wind and percussion ensemble at his disposal, would the “barbaro” have become more “barbarous” than ever?

- Program Note by David Holsinger for the Lee University Wind Ensemble concert program, 30 November 2016


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


Media


State Ratings

  • Mississippi: V-A
  • North Carolina: IV
  • South Carolina: IV
  • Tennessee: IV
  • Virginia: IV


Performances

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  • Texas A&M University (Lubbock) Concert Band (Russell Tipton, conductor) – 1 March 2020
  • California State University Bakersfield Concert Band (Leo Sakamoto, conductor) – 2 December 2019
  • Strafford Wind Symphony (Sanford, Me.) (Bruce Gatchell, conductor) – 25 May 2019
  • Lee University (Cleveland, Tenn.) Wind Ensemble (David Holsinger, conductor) – 30 November 2016
  • Penn State University (University Park) Concert Band (Brett Penshorn, conductor) - 10 December 2015
  • Northern Kentucky University (Highland Heights) Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Winds (Brant Karrick, conductor) - 2013


Works for Winds by this Composer

Adaptable Music


All Wind Works


Resources

  • Allegro Barbaro (Bartók), Wikipedia
  • Wallace, T.; Bartók, B. (1995). Allegro Barbaro : Adapted from Allegro Barbaro (1911) for Solo Piano [score]. Arrangers Publishing Co.: [Nashville, Tenn.]