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Bartók Definitive Edition launched with new publications

(February 2016)

The Definitive Bartók Edition offers two piano collections drawing upon his extensive pedagogical catalogue, while the Boosey & Hawkes Bartók Edition provides idiomatic arrangements of Bartók classics, introducing his music to a new generation of instrumentalists.

A range of new Bartók publications is launched this month, catering for a wide range of performing abilities. The Definitive Bartók Edition offers two new progressive piano collections, bringing together over 50 selected highlights from the composer’s extensive pedagogical catalogue. The two albums draw upon Mikrokosmos, For Children, Ten Easy Pieces, Romanian Christmas Carols and Fourteen Bagatelles and are packaged with audio CDs containing demonstration performances by Iain Farrington.

The nine initial volumes in the new Boosey & Hawkes Bartók Edition showcase stylish and idiomatic arrangements of Bartók classics by Hywel Davies, opening the composer’s musical world to a wider range of instrumental students. Collections for clarinet, flute, alto saxophone, trumpet and violin with piano accompaniments are released this month, and will be joined in the coming months by three volumes of duo and trio arrangements for flute, violin and saxophone, and a volume of Romanian Folk Dances. Future releases are planned for an extended range of instruments.

The original and definitive edition of Mikrokosmos remains available in six volumes, with a range of language options, as are the two volumes of For Children.

Publications in the first batch of new Bartók Edition releases are now available to order from our online shop:
Bartók Piano Collection Book 1 
Bartók Piano Collection Book 2 
Bartók for Flute 
Bartók for Clarinet 
Bartók for Alto Saxophone 
Bartók for Trumpet 
Bartók for Violin 






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