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Bartók's six string quartets belong to the gems of the genre, all of them being regarded as classics of 20th-century music.
In 2016, Editio Musica Budapest, together with Henle Verlag of Munich, launched the Bartók Complete Critical Edition. Volume 29 of the Bartók Complete Edition presents the full scores of all six quartets in a new critical edition. The critical commentary for this edition is published in volume 30 of the Complete Edition.
Béla BARTÓK: String Quartets Nos. 1–6
Two new titles for concert band
Two new titles by Árpád BALÁZS have been published in the Concert Band series.
Árpád BALÁZS: Kuruc Scenes
Árpád BALÁZS: Rhapsody
Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Editio Musica Budapest
One full score as well as individual parts are provided for each work.
New book within the Kodály Concept Library
The book titled A Practical Approach to Viennese Classical Music supports conservatory students (aged 14–22) and their teachers with a collection of carefully selected material from which to learn the necessary musical concepts and practical knowledge of music theory, form, and harmony.
The target era is the Viennese Classical period. The focus is on the greatest representatives of their time: Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven.
The book concentrates on the practical aspects of studying music theory, form, and harmony. This means that all musical concepts become practical knowledge and are integrated into skills that a cultured musician needs (score reading, writing, singing or playing, composing, memorizing, transposing, arranging, analyzing, and so on).
The first volume of the publication, A Practical Approach to Harmony: From the Birth of Polyphony to the Baroque Era, was published in 2015.
New series within the New Liszt Edition
Works and arrangements for piano duet and two pianos are published in the III. series of the New Liszt Edition.
A draft and the two-piano version of Schubert’s Wanderer Fantasy transcribed by Liszt have been published in the 1. volume of the recently launched III. series.
This volume comes complete with a detailed preface, several manuscript facsimiles, and a critical report.
These series were launched within the New Liszt Edition so far:
Separate editions and practical versions supplement the New Liszt Edition.
Offprints of Béla Bartók’s Choral Works
Each choral works by Bartók can be purchased as single sheets now. The complete series of the offprints from Béla Bartók’s Choral Works has been issued.
All offprints include rough translation of the texts in English in the appendix.
The choral works by Bartók have been published in cloth-bound edition in slipcase, too.
In 2016, Editio Musica Budapest, together with Henle Verlag of Munich, launched the Bartók Complete Edition. In May 2022 a new volume was published, the seventh in the series, containing Bartók’s string quartets – considered by most discerning audiences to be classics of the twentieth century.
This critical edition contains all six string quartets, based on a comparison of all contemporary printed and manuscript sources. The composer’s analyses of the Fourth and Fifth Quartets appear at the end of the volume.
The introductory studies, more detailed than ever, not only discuss the genesis and reception of the works, but also answer practical questions regarding notation and performance. A critical commentary for the six string quartets will be published in a separate volume in autumn 2022.
Sebastien Dupuis' video on the New Liszt Edition
Over recent years, Dupuis' video performances have secured him a growing online following.
The pianist also established a flourishing teaching studio, becoming one of Zurich's most sought-after instructors. His salon concerts have become a staple of the city's cultural life.
He made his debut in 2016 at Zurich's Concert Hall, and he has taken to stages in many of Europe's capital cities. Born in Brussels in 1983, Sebastien studied piano at Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles.
The volumes for solo piano from the New Liszt Edition have been presented by Dupuis on his YouTube channel.
Bartók in Vatican
We are pleased that our scores are chosen as protocol gifts.
Among others a volume of the Bartók Complete Edition has been gifted to Pope Francis by the Hungarian prime minister. The volume – published jointly by our company, and Henle Verlag, Munich – contains the Concerto for orchestra, composed during the World War II in the USA. Viktor Orbán visited Vatican City on 21st April 2022. “No one understands us in our language, so music is our only option” – stated the head of government.
The launch of the Bartók Complete Edition was announced in 2015 by our publishing house. The complete works will be published in 48 volumes according to the plan. The publications are being prepared according to the highest scientific norms, however the body text can be used by musicians also for practical purpose.
A series of transcriptions for strings of pieces from Bartók’s piano cycle Mikrokosmos is now available.
This four-volume publication features transcriptions for various string ensembles from beginners’ to professional level, and can be used in a variety of situations:
The Virtuosos V4+ classical music television show is sponsored by our publishing house
Our publishing house supports the Virtuosos V4+ classical music talent competition television show with printed music publications of great value.
Not only the weekly favourites of the audience, but also their music teachers will be rewarded by our company.
Please watch the introductory video made for this occasion.
Corridoors by Tibor Csuhaj-Barna
The composer was inspired to write these pieces by the Corridor Quartet (György Lakatos, Mihály Duffek, Zsófia Stefán, and Sára Rebeka Tóth), with their open attitude to music and their enchanting sound world.
The timbres of the bassoon harmony are emphasised still more by being joined by the double bass, and by a voice or flute soaring above them. One reviewer writes of the CD Corridoors:
'Easy to listen to, but modern: modern, and yet easy to listen to. And because of the sound of the bassoons, it's spiced with a kind of fantasy mood, a kind of ''Lord of the Rings'' feel.' (jazzma.hu, Károly Gáspár)
New Urtext edition of Bartók’s complete choral works
A new Urtext edition of Béla Bartók’s complete choral works was launched in March 2021.
The three-volume edition is based on volume 9 of the Béla Bartók Complete Critical Edition (Z. 15009), a joint publication of G. Henle Verlag, Munich, and Editio Musica Budapest Zeneműkiadó. The lyrics in this edition are in the original languages and in the translations authorized by the composer. Literal English translations are provided in the appendix, which also includes early and alternative versions of the works.
Our edition is distinguished by absolute authenticity regarding both the musical text and the style of notation, as well as superior engraving and print quality. The edition is complete with informative prefaces (in Hungarian, English, and German) and detailed Editorial Comments (in Hungarian and English). The Comments give an overview of the textual, folk-music, and compositional sources, and provide detailed information on the performance practice of Bartók’s choral works.
The volumes have been printed on high-quality and environmentally-friendly paper.
The three volumes are available in two formats: paperback and clothbound. The paperback editions can be bought separately, while the clothbound volumes are available only together in a slipcase.
Each work included in these volumes will also be published separately during the following months.
New orchestra material of Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra released
A new orchestra material of Béla Bartók’s orchestral highlight, Concerto for Orchestra, composed in 1943 in the United States, is now available on hire. Concerto for Orchestra is the first orchestra material produced from the Béla Bartók Complete Critical Edition (BBCCE), a joint publication of G. Henle Verlag, Munich, and Editio Musica Budapest Zeneműkiadó. (The full score in the BBCCE and Henle’s study score are also available on sale.)
In preparing this edition, the first edition, all compositional sources as well as the sound recordings made in Bartók’s lifetime have been critically evaluated. The orchestra parts were carefully prepared in terms of accuracy, easy legibility, as well as sensible cues and page turns. The parts have been tested by the Hungarian National Philharmonic, a leading orchestra with a unique experience in playing Bartók. The conductor’s score and the parts share the same big format (25×32.5 cm), and are printed on superior-quality paper.
One set includes two conductor’s scores, 9-8-7-6-5 strings, 4 copies of percussion, and one copy of each of the remaining parts. The material is available on hire at Universal Music Publishing Editio Musica Budapest Ltd.