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Bartok : For Children

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Béla Bartók's For Children [A Gyermekeknek is a cycle of short pieces for the piano.

Bartók originally started composing this collection in 1908 and completed it in 1909.

The initial collection comprised 85 pieces which were issued in four volumes under the title 85 Teaching Pieces without Octaves in 4 volumes for Piano.

Each one of the pieces is based on a folk tune.

The pieces in the first two volumes (42 pieces) are based on Hungarian folk tunes.

Those in the last two volumes (43 pieces) are based on Slovakian folk tunes.

In 1945, Bartók revised the set, removing six pieces which used tunes which had been inaccurately transcribed or found not to be original folk tunes, and substantially changing the harmonisation of a number of others.

The cycle, reduced to 79 pieces, was reissued in 1945, in two volumes of respectively 40 and 39 pieces.

The pieces were written as student works, and progress slightly in difficulty through each half of the cycle.

However, in modern times, some concert pianists (notably Zoltán Kocsis) have begun including some of them on their recital programs, citing their musical value even apart from their pedagogical origins.

Details about Bartok : For Children

Title : For Children, Sz. 42, BB 53
Subtitle : A Gyermekeknek
Composer : Bartók, Béla (1881-1945)
Catalog : Sz. 42, BB 53
Style : Modern & Contemporary
Composed/published : 1908-1909, rev. 1945
Original instrumentation : Piano

Sources : Béla Bartók, For Children, Sz. 42, BB 53 [A Gyermekeknek] (composed in 1908-1909 and revised in 1945).

Sheet music associated with Bartok : For Children

CatalogueTitleKeyInstrumentation
Sz. 42, BB 53, Volume 1, No. 1 Children at Play   C MajorPiano
Sz. 42, BB 53, Volume 1, No. 15 Allegro moderato   D MajorPiano
Sz. 42, BB 53, Volume 1, No. 2 Children's Song   C MajorPiano
Sz. 42, BB 53, Volume 1, No. 27 Jest   D MajorPiano
Sz. 42, BB 53, Volume 1, No. 3 Folk Song   A minorPiano
Sz. 42, BB 53, Volume 1, No. 4 Pillow Dance   C MajorPiano
Sz. 42, BB 53, Volume 1, No. 5 Play   C MajorPiano
Sz. 42, BB 53, Volume 1, No. 8 Children's Game, No. 8   D minorPiano


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