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Bartok, Concerto for Orchestra, "Game of Pairs".pdf

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Department
Music
Course
MUSIC 1AA3
Professor
Matthew Woolhouse
Semester
Winter

Description
Béla Bartók (1881 (Hungary) - 1945 (NY, age 64)) • Emigrated to states in 1940 due to WWII • Composer, performer, scholar, regarded with Liszt as Hungary's greatest composers. • Child prodigy - could play 40 pieces by 4, gave first recital of own works at 11. bet I could tie my shoes earlier though. • in 1908 began field work collecting/recording folk songs, put melodies into his music ◦ he'd listen to them on vinyl and transcribe them into notes in real time. • Edited collections of eastern European folk music for Columbia University in US; founded ethnomusicology • Died of leukaemia less than a year after the premiere of the Concerto for Orchestra Concerto for Orchestra • Timbre of instruments ◦ Bassoons: gruff and raspy sound ◦ Oboes: piercing and nasally ◦ Clarinets: Smooth, resonant, with wide range ◦ Flutes: Pure, delicate, and breathy (always 2 flutes apparently in orchestras) ◦ Trumpets: sharp sounding; mute makes it more subdued, which could explain why it's called a "mute" ◦ Trombones, Tubes, and Horns: round and mellow • Late work: commissioned by Serge Koussevitsky (conductor of Boston Symphony Orchestra) in 1943 • Concerto for orchestra: all instrume
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