Interactive Score with Sir András Schiff (Screenshot)
For Children (“Gyermekeknek”) is the first major work by Béla Bartók specifically aimed at young players. This interactive score gives insight into Bartók's work, not only as composer, but also as a collector of folk music and as a pianist.
"A bit tipsy..." ("kicsit ázottan...") is the subtitle of Bartók’s II. Burlesque. The piece, written in 1911, illustrates the Hungarian composer’s musical imagination and sense of humour.
Folk music and nature both provided inspiration for Bartók's musical imagination. "The Night’s Music” from the piano collection Out of Doors (1926) is an impressive testimony to the evocative power of his music.
For Children (1908–1911, rev. 1943) consists of over 80 arrangements of Hungarian and Slovakian folk tunes and children's songs, many of which Bartók collected himself. In No. 25, András Schiff demonstrates that knowing the original folk songs, their text and meaning, can give additional depth to understanding and playing the music.
The online scores of For Children are based on the Urtext edition of the revised version of the piano collection published by G. Henle Verlag in cooperation with Editio Musica Budapest (HN 1225). Also compare volume 37 of the Complete Critical Edition of Bartók's works (G. Henle Verlag/Editio Musica Budapest 2016). Both publications were edited by László Vikárius in collaboration with Vera Lampert.