Bela Bartok Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion

La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest

(Visit: Bela Bartok’s Sonata for Two Pianos & Percussion grew out the composer’s interest in the piano as a percussive rather than a lyrical instrument. Though rarely performed, since it requires the unusual combination of two superb pianists and two virtuoso percussionists, the Sonata is considered one of Bartok’s most individualistic and expressive works. Series: “La Jolla Music Society: SummerFest” [Arts and Music] [Show ID: 25808]

Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion

The Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion, Sz. 110, BB 115 is a musical piece written by Hungarian composer Béla Bartók in 1937.It was premiered by him and his second wife, Ditta Pásztory-Bartók, with the percussionists Fritz Schiesser and Philipp Rühlig at theInternational Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) anniversary concert of 16 January 1938 in Basel, Switzerland,[2] where it received enthusiastic reviews. Bartók and his wife also played the piano parts for the American premiere which took place in New York City’s Town Hall in 1940, with the percussionists Saul Goodman and Henry Deneke. It has since become one of Bartók’s most performed works.

The score requires four performers: two pianists and two percussionists, who play seven instruments between them: timpani, bass drum (gran cassa), cymbals, triangle, snare drum (both on- and off- snares), tam-tam (gong) and xylophone. In the published score the composer provides highly detailed instructions for the percussionists, stipulating, for example, which part of a suspended cymbal is to be struck with what type of stick. He also provides precise instructions for the platform layout of the four players and their instruments.

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