Donald Maurice

in Bartók's Viola Concerto

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780195156904
Published online May 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780199868339 | DOI:

Series: Studies in Musical Genesis and Structure


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This chapter examines the aspects of the Viola Concerto that may, in the future, be developed in ways that lead to a more authentic version of the work. By discussing the work of the eminent Hungarian musicologist, László Somfai, on Bartók's compositional processes one can extrapolate on what the composer may have done in subsequent drafts of the Viola Concerto. In his Béla Bartók: Composition, Concepts, and Autograph Sources, Somfai recreates the steps followed in other works from first drafts to final drafts, and in his contribution to the facsimile edition of the manuscript, he outlines the probable order in which the various parts of the sketch were added. A bar by bar comparison of the first draft and engraver's copy of the Second Violin Concerto demonstrates the kind of changes that may have occurred had Bartók lived long enough to take the Viola Concerto to the same stage.

Keywords: authentic; László Somfai; Bartók's compositional processes; extrapolate; facsimile edition; Second Violin Concerto

Chapter.  2554 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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