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Bartók's Viola ConcertoThe Remarkable Story of His Swansong$
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Donald Maurice

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195156904

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195156904.001.0001

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Future Attempts to Achieve a More Authentic Bartók Viola Concerto

(p.119) CHAPTER SEVEN Authenticity
Bartók's Viola Concerto

Donald Maurice

Oxford University Press

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

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