The Miraculous Mandarin (Bartók, Béla)

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Sheet Music

Full Scores

 Complete Score (CA)
#209653 - 12.79MB, 228 pp. -  5.2/10 2 4 6 8 10 (23- V/23/16

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Madcapellan (2012/4/23)

Publisher Info.:

Vienna: Universal Edition, 1927. Plate W. Ph. V. 304


New York: Boosey & Hawkes, 1955.


Public Domain - Non-PD US, Non-PD EU [tag/del]

Misc. Notes:

600 dpi


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Arrangements and Transcriptions

For Piano 4 Hands (Bartók)

 Complete Score (CA)
#169402 - 8.13MB, 77 pp. -  6.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (2- V/21/16

PDF scanned by H-DRe
Ottaviano (2012/1/9)

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First edition

Publisher Info.:

Vienna: Universal Edition, 1925. Plate U.E. 7706.


Public Domain - Non-PD US, Non-PD EU [tag/del]

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General Information

Work Title The Miraculous Mandarin
Alternative Title A csodálatos mandarin
Der Wunderbare Mandarin
Composer Bartók, Béla
Opus/Catalogue Number Op.19 ; Sz.73
Movements/Sections 1 act
Year/Date of Composition 1918-24
First Performance 1926-11-27, Cologne
Average Duration 30 minutes
Piece Style Early 20th century
Instrumentation orchestra
3 flutes (2nd and 3rd also piccolo), 3 oboes (3rd also English horn),
3 clarinets (B/A) (2nd also D clarinet, 1st and 3rd also E/bass clarinets (B)/A),
3 bassoons (3rd also contrabassoon)
4 horns (F) (3rd and 4th also Wagner tubas), 3 trumpets (C), 3 trombones, tuba, bass tuba
timpani, snare drum, tenor drum, bass drum, cymbals
triangle, tam-tam, xylophone, celesta,
piano, organ, choir, harp, strings
External Links Wikipedia article

Misc. Comments

Pantomime ballet based on a story by Melchior Lengyel (1880–1974).

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