BARTÓK, Béla, 1881-1945

Musik für Saiteninstrumente, Schlagzeug und Celesta. Faksimile des Partiturautographs und der Skizzen. Herausgegeben von Felix Meyer

[Music for Strings, Percussion & Celeste]

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Eine Publikation der Paul Sacher Stiftung. Basel, 2000. 30 x 40 cm, 176 pp (103 facs). Beautiful color halftone of the autograph score of one of the towering masterpieces of 20th-century music. Originally commissioned by Paul Sacher in 1936 for the tenth-anniversary of the Basel Chamber Orchestra, the work was supposed to be "for strings alone" and "not too difficult technically". Bartók, vacationing at the time in Braunwald, Switzerland eagerly accepted the task. The manuscript is an unusual draft and faircopy in a single document. This stunning bibliophile edition consists of an introduction by Felix Meyer accompanied by numerous reproductions of period documents and photographs, and a full facsimile of the score—including 31 "discarded" pages provided as a supplement. It was published as a tribute to the memory of Paul Sacher and a celebration of sorts for the transfer (on loan) of the original manuscript from Peter Bartók to the Sacher Foundation Library. Introduction in Ger-Eng. Handsome binding in red linen, with matching slipcase. $254
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