Béla Bartók's Sonatina for solo Piano. Suitable for pianists at an intermediate level.
In his Sonatina, Bartók used different melodies taken from Romanian instrumental folk. From examining the sources, it is clear to see how, in 1915, the piece slowly evolved out of a series of Piano transcriptions of Romanian folk melodies into its three-movement form.
This Henle Urtext Edition has been released prior to its publication as part of the Complete Edition. In this edition, Bartók specialist László Somfai outlines the work’s exciting genesis and expounds on Bartók’s later revision, during which he not only changed the tempi but also the fingerings.
The insightful notes on the work's background are complemented by indications on how to play the very complex Piano notation by Bartók himself and from his recordings. This edition provides an invitation to pianists to rediscover this Sonatina.