b Riding East: May 2008

Friday, May 02, 2008

Bartok Variations Final Score

I've finally completed the score for my Bartok Variations, three movements for twenty strings + trumpet based on material from Bartok's own "Evening in Transylvania", no. 6 of his Ten Easy Piano Pieces. The three movements (Lento, Allegro agitato, and Scherzando) allude to rondo form and incorporate narrative-like techniques reminiscent of Schumann and Chopin, perhaps suggesting subtle shifts in the listener’s perspective of time throughout. The music features expressive polytonal harmonies in addition to polymetrical ideas, elaborations on Bartok’s own rubato from his piano piece.

Conductor Barbara Day Turner will premiere the work on May 18th, 2008 with the San Jose Chamber Orchestra. The piece is dedicated to Professor George Barth at Stanford University.

Full Score

Trumpet Solo
Violin Solo
Double Bass
Violin 1
Violin 2 Div 1
Violin 2 Div 2
Cello Div 1
Cello Div 2
Cello Div 3