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Piano Concerto No 1 (Bartok)

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Béla Bartók

Béla Bartók

This entire concerto bears the designation Sz. 83, BB 91. However, only the second movement of the concerto is appropriate for wind ensemble and piano.

General Info

Year: 1926
Duration: c. 8:00
Difficulty: VII (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Cost: Score and Parts - Rental


2. Andante – Attacca – 8:00

Instrumentation (2nd movement only)

Solo Piano
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II (II doubling English Horn)
Bassoon I-II
A Clarinet I-II (II doubling B-flat Bass Clarinet)
Horn in F I-II
Percussion (3 players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum (2)
  • Suspended Cymbal (2)
  • Tam-tam
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Piano Concerto No. 1, Sz. 83, BB 91, of Béla Bartók was composed in 1926. For almost three years, Bartók had composed little. He broke that silence with several piano works, one of which was the Piano Concerto, composed between August and November 1926.

The concerto comes after an increased interest in Baroque music on the part of Bartók, which is demonstrated by such devices as the increased use of counterpoint. The work, however, retains the harshness and dissonance that is characteristic of Bartók. Here, as elsewhere in Bartók's output, the piano is used percussively. The importance of the other percussion instruments is illustrated by Bartók’s note: The percussion (including timpani) must be placed directly next to the piano (behind the piano).

Bartók wrote of the concerto: "My first concerto [...] I consider it a successful work, although its style is up to a point difficult, perhaps even very difficult for the orchestra and the public."

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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