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Bartók's Viola Concerto: The Remarkable Story of His Swansong

Donald Maurice


When Béla Bartók died in September of 1945, he left a partially completed viola concerto commissioned by the violist William Primrose. While no definitive version of the work exists, this concerto has become arguably the most-performed viola concerto in the world. After Bartók's death, his family asked the composer's friend, Tibor Serly, to look over the sketches of the concerto and to prepare it for publication. While a draft was ready, it took Serly years to assemble the sketches into a complete piece. In 1949, Primrose finally unveiled it at a premiere performance with the Minneapolis Symph ... More

Keywords: Béla Bartók, William Primrose, Viola Concerto, Tibor Serly, Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Hungary, authenticity, analysis

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780195156904
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195156904.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Donald Maurice, author
Wellington Conservatory, Massey University