Four Short Bartók Pieces for Grade 2 Concert Band

(1 customer review)


Grade 2 Concert Band (2018)




4 min.


Concert Band


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Program Notes

Bring Your Grade 2 Ensemble Something Fresh

Four Short Bartók Pieces is a four-piece set arranged for Grade 2 Concert Band by Garrett Hope. Béla Bartók composed the pieces in 1908–1909 and first published them 1908–1911.

These four pieces consist of Hungarian folk melodies and original tunes by Bartók. The modalism and interesting harmonic structures of these Eastern European melodies have an exotic quality to them and will be a welcome addition to your Grade 2 programming.

Each movement can be performed in a minute or less. You can program all four movements as a whole or use individual movements as needed.

The music will stretch your students with:

  • Exciting syncopations
  • Modal melodies
  • Interesting harmonic choices
  • Dramatic dynamic changes

About Bartók

Bela Bartok 1927Béla Bartók (March 25, 1881–September 26, 1945) was a Hungarian composer, pianist, and ethnomusicologist. He is considered one of the most important composers of the 20th century; he and Franz Liszt are regarded as Hungary’s greatest composers. Through his collection and analytical study of folk music, he was one of the founders of comparative musicology, which later became enthnomusicology.

(Read more at Wikipedia)

About the Arranger

Dr. Garrett Hope, composerDr. Garrett Hope’s purpose is to use his God-give creativity and communication skills to entertain and enlighten people, draw people together for a common cause, and to coach composers and creatives to become unstoppable.

As a composer, Garrett engages with performers and audiences to tell stories and create life-changing experiences. Especially for students. He loves working with educational ensembles. Garrett also writes music for independent films. He has won several awards for his music.

As a coach and public speaker, Garrett empowers people to unlock their creativity and to become successful at making a living practicing their art. He does this by helping them identify and break through the beliefs that they hold about themselves that are preventing them from achieving their potential. He helps creatives build networks and make strategic business decisions so they can make a living doing what they love.

Garrett holds degrees from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, the University of Northern Colorado, and Colorado Christian University. He is a native of Colorado, but currently lives in Nebraska with his wife and daughter.

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1 review for Four Short Bartók Pieces for Grade 2 Concert Band

  1. Aaron Given

    The best thing about this suite is that when I tell my students, “Pull up the Bartok,” the response is always an energetically whispered, “Yesss!”

    This is great news for band directors, because this fantastic arrangement fills a significant gap in the young band repertoire. While there are many arrangements of the settings by Grainger and Holst, the work of Bartok has to this point been inaccessible to younger band musicians. Garrett Hope’s colorful settings present many learning opportunities. Each movement requires students to develop different performance skills, with the outer movements demanding clarity and character in articulation, transparent balancing of melodies, counter lines and accompaniments, and the ability to follow a conductor through on-the-fly tempo changes. The inner movements are perfect for refining contour phrasing, tempo rubato, and intonation. This piece deserves a place in the standard repertoire for young bands.

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