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Bartók for Basses Book 1

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The Transcriptions Series series

Recital Music publish a wealth of original works for double bass alongside a popular, accessible and growing range of transcriptions for bassists of all ages and abilities. Most transcriptions published by Recital Music are by David Heyes, who has a successful and proven track record when arranging for double bass.

The edition includes three scores.

For Children is a cycle of 85 short piano pieces by Béla Bartók. Composed between 1908-9 and divided into four volumes, each piece is based on a folk tune from Hungary or Slovakia. Books 1 and 2 (Hungarian folk tunes) and Books 3 and 4 (after Slovakian folk tunes) were revised in 1945 when the composer removed six pieces which were inaccurately transcribed or found not to be original folk songs.
David Heyes has selected eight pieces, seven based on Hungarian folk tunes and one (Oh, Mother-in-law!) based on a Slovakian folk tune to arrange for double bass trio. The original keys have used in most cases, with the occasional octave displacement to help maintain open and clear textures. The effective interplay between each bass offer many ensemble possibilities and the ability to explore a wide range of musical timbres and sound worlds.

Béla Bartók was born in the Hungarian town of Nagyszentmiklós (now Sînnicolau Mare in Romania) on 25 March 1881. After his family moved to Pressburg (now Bratislava in Slovakia) in 1894, he studied with László Erkel and became a student at the Royal Academy of Music in Budapest, graduating in 1903.
Bartók's earliest works combine late Romanticism with nationalist elements and in the early years of the 20th-century he and fellow-composer Zoltán Kodály directed their attention to Hungarian folk music and Bartók's musical language changed dramatically. Bartók was a passionate ethnomusicologist, and collected songs fromTransylvanian, Romanian, North African and others. In the 1920s and '30s Bartók's fame spread, and he toured widely, both as pianist and as a respected composer.
With the outbreak of the Second World War, and despite his deep attachment to his homeland, life in Hungary became intolerable and Bartók and his wife emigrated to the United States. He obtained a post at Columbia University and was able to pursue his folk-music studies, but his concert engagements became rarer, and he received few commissions. Koussevitzky's request for a Concerto for Orchestra in 1943 was particularly important, bringing him much-needed income, and creating a nice link to the double bass world. Bartók died on 26 September 1945.

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Cat No. RM1129
Supplier Code RM1129
Price £12.50
ComposerBéla Bartók
ArrangerDavid Heyes
CategoryDouble Bass Trio
PublisherRecital Music
SeriesTranscriptions Series
Difficulty level5 - 8
Weight 163 grams
Published 30th January 2021
Availability 6 in stock