BÉLA BARTÓK – Cantata profana () – Der holzgeschnitzte Prinz – The Wooden Prince – Le Prince de bois – op. 13 – John Aler, Tenor – John Tomlinson, . Ever since its composition an aura of mystery has surrounded Bela. Bartok’s Cantata Profana. It has been treated and approached by many as a secretive work. Béla Bartók. Cantata profana, for tenor, baritone, double chorus & orchestra (or piano) (“The Enchanted Stags”), Sz. 94, BB Composition Information.

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The final section of the first movement begins as the riotous hunt music dies down and the mood suddenly becomes quiet and mysterious: All is ready for you, torches, cups and table, ready for your welcome.

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On the surface, a simple parable is evident: The story is of a father who has taught his nine sons only how to hunt, so they know nothing of work and spend all of their time in the forest. Our beloved father, go bartom from the forest, go back to our loving mother — but we shall remain!

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But their father grew impatient waiting, waiting, waiting, and he loaded his bartom rifle and set out on a search for his splendid offspring. A Reading of the Sources”. There was once an old man treasuring, treasuring nine sons, splendid offspring. The first movement, marked Molto moderato, is entitled, “Once there was an old man.

Béla Bartók – Cantata Profana

Source of the quotation T. Come with me, come with me, come back to your mother! AllMusic Featured Composition Noteworthy. The first section of the second movement recounts the father’s search for his sons. The opening gesture is immediately followed by a paraphrase of the first two bars of Bach ‘s St. Boosey and Hawkes, And he failed to teach them skills to earn a living from the land and livestock: They pursued the magic till they lost their bearings; and the splendid hunters thus became the hunted: A variant of the fugue subject, now Andante, provides the melodic material for the chorus to narrate the father’s trek to the haunted bridge.


But a splendid stag, the largest, oh, the very dearest offspring, gravely spoke to his old parent: Goblets on the table, your mother suffering — goblets full of wine but grief has filled her household.

This scale firmly establishes the tonal center of D and provides the framework for much of the melodic content of the Cantata.

As the father sees nine fine stags at a spring, he takes aim with his rifle. The long solo for the baritone is darkly atmospheric and features deliciously eerie music from both the chorus and orchestra. The latter part of the opening panel returns to the darker mood of the opening, but now with prfoana orchestral color and atmosphere. And their loving father thus addressed his offspring and thus he called them with sweet words begging them to go back: The music is less vehement and features only one brief solo part, for the tenor.

Prayers of Kierkegaard; Bartok: Their father arrives and aims his bow at them but when he learns that they are in fact barotk sons he begs them to return home. This website is using cookies. Here begins the tenor solo, which is the voice of the stag imploring the father not to take aim at his children, lest they should have to kill him. The baritone solo then begins as the father pleads with his sons to come home.

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Béla Bartók: Cantata profana

Ashgate Publishing Company, The stags reply that this is no longer possible since their antlers would not fit through the door; their new life is in the forest. Haunting and lyrical, the melodies are profama into rich diatonic harmonies, bringing a sense of the timelessness of myth to the ending of the piece.

Perhaps he was moved by the plight of his fellow Hungarians during the Great Depression of the s or wished to express his opposition to the rising tide of fascism in Europe during this time.

The largest stag profanna son pleads with his father not to shoot. Marked Andante, the second movement is subtitled, “Through forest aroving, hey-yah! The music becomes more and more agitated until the largest stag calls out. Jazz Latin New Age. But we shall remain: In the manner of a Cqntata dramathe chorus interjects the father’s recognition of his sons.

He brought up his children for the savage mountains, trained them in hunting skills. And hunting, searching in the forest thicket, one day the splendid sons turned into splendid stags.

A Passion for Music. Two choirs sing of the nine sons knowing of nothing but the hunt.

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Oxford University Press, Our beloved father, do not raise your rifle! Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. Little is known about the evolution of this powerful cantata. Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon, Vol. This is the shortest of the three sections, lasting about three minutes, as compared with the approximately eight-minute lengths of the previous movements. Streams Canntata All Posts.