Five Pieces from “For Children” (Bartók)



Originally written for Rednock School String Orchestra in Dursley, Gloucestershire, this piece is an arrangement of five pieces from Bartók’s set of piano pieces entitled “For Children” and is aimed at string players ranging from Grade 1-2 to about Grade 4. The orchestration is for three violins, two violas, two cellos and double basses. Contrary to many pieces for less experienced ensembles, the non-optional 3rd violin part is not designed as an alternative to viola, but Viola 2 and Cello 2 parts are optional and, like the 3rd violin, mainly uses open strings with limited use of fingering. A set includes a score, 5 copies of each violin part, 3 of each viola and cello part and 2 copies of the double bass part. Total playing time ca. 6-7 minutes.