BARTOK MUSIC FOR STRINGS PERCUSSION AND CELESTA PDF

In , the Swiss conductor Paul Sacher married Maja Stehlin, the widow who had inherited the Roche pharmaceutical fortune. Finding himself now one of the richest men in the world, Sacher poured his wealth into one of his greatest passions: new music. In , Sacher had founded the Basle Chamber Orchestra, an ensemble dedicated to performing both new works and neglected music from the pre-classical era. By , the year-old composer was unaccustomed to earning much from his compositions; his primary source of income was a post he had secured at the Budapest Academy of Sciences that allowed him to pursue his interest in ethnomusicology specifically the folk music of his native Hungary and surrounding lands. This regular work was supplemented by giving piano lessons to select private students and occasional performances as a piano soloist. The piece he wrote, Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta, would be recognized as one of his greatest masterpieces.

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The movement is based around the note A, on which the movement begins and ends. Mutes are then removed, and the music becomes gradually quieter over gentle celesta arpeggios. The movement ends with the second phrase of the fugue subject played softly over its inversion. Material from the first movement can be seen as serving as the basis for the later movements, and the fugue subject recurs in different guises at points throughout the piece.

The second movement is quick, with a theme in 2 4 time which is transformed into 3 8 time towards the end. It is marked with a loud syncopated piano and percussion accents in a whirling dance, evolving in an extended pizzicato section, with a piano concerto-like conclusion. It is also commonly thought[ by whom? The last movement, which begins with notes on the timpani and strummed pizzicato chords on the strings, has the character of a lively folk dance.

Popular culture[ edit ] The popularity of the Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta is demonstrated by the use of themes from this work in films and popular music. The Adagio movement was used as the theme music for The Vampira Show — It also was the soundtrack for the Australian film Money Movers. Also the work is sampled by Anthony "Ant" Davis from the underground hip hop group Atmosphere , from Minneapolis , on the song "Aspiring Sociopath" of their album Lucy Ford.

The architect Steven Holl used the overlapping strettos that occur in this piece as a parallel on which the form of the Stretto House in Dallas, Texas was made. The piece is also mentioned in the novel The Collector by John Fowles , where one of the main characters, Miranda Grey, calls it "The loveliest.

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The movement is based around the note A, on which the movement begins and ends. Mutes are then removed, and the music becomes gradually quieter over gentle celesta arpeggios. The movement ends with the second phrase of the fugue subject played softly over its inversion. Material from the first movement can be seen as serving as the basis for the later movements, and the fugue subject recurs in different guises at points throughout the piece. The second movement is quick, with a theme in 2 4 time which is transformed into 3 8 time towards the end.

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Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta, Sz.106 (Bartók, Béla)

In the Piano Concerto No. In reflection of this, Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta evokes the Baroque concerto grosso, with its two antiphonal string orchestras separated by a battery of tuned and untuned percussion instruments. The opening movement, Andante tranquillo, is a slow fugue on a chromatic melody that springs from a five-note cell, each subsequent phrase growing in length and elaborating on its predecessor. At this point, the two string orchestras play together. The fugue climaxes at its apogee with an ominous rumble from the timpani and a loud stroke on the tam-tam. As the fugue folds in upon itself the celesta makes its first entrance with an arpeggiated chord, mysterious and remote. The work subsequently grows from the motivic material explored in this first movement.

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