- Bartok, Bela
Rhapsodie pour le piano et l'orchestre, Op. 1.
Rozsavolgyi et cie., Budapest et Leipsic, 1910, Red Buckram Cloth, , , Very Good
60 pp., folio, full score, holograph [BL says of copiest's hand, but possibly Bartok's or his wife's]. piano and orchestra. Red cloth with bright gilt title on spine. Budapest et Leipsic: Rozsavolgyi et cie., c1910. ''Autografia Roder C.G. Leipzig Budapest'' on p. 60 under final system. No plate number or edition number. P.O. stamp on title page. Stamped Teuerungszuschlag 200% at bottom of TP. Pages with some tanning. A few marks in pencil (e.g. 1904 over composer's name on 1st page of score and a cautionary natural in parentheses in measure 3 of the 1st violin (divisi) part. Although the 1910 Rozsavolgyi two-piano version (for piano with orchestra reduction) is fairly common, Worldcat finds only two copies of the orchestral score: one at the Morgan Library and one at Cambridge University. ''Op. I first appeared in 1909 as a Rhapsody for piano solo, without its second movement. This is a publication that Bartok was probably reluctant but forced, as a young and struggling composer, to permit, though it is surprising that at the time of publication he did not alter the title, since the first movement alone does not constitute what he obviously understood by the word " rhapsody ". Then, in 1910, the full work (i.e. both movements) appeared in two versions, one for piano and orchestra, the other for two pianos. Finally, in 1923, the complete version was published for piano solo with the title ' Rhapsodie (Premiere Version) '.''--Colin Mason, ''Bartok's Rhapsodies.'' After composing this Liszt-influenced work, Bartok was to hear his housekeeper singing a folksong that she had learned from her grandfather, an event that transformed Bartok's life. First performed November 15, 1909, by the composer and the Academy of Music *Jeno Hubay), Budapest. Antokoletz 55, Sz. 28.