List of compositions by Béla Bartók

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Sortable list by four catalogue numberings, year of composition and instrumentation[edit]

This aspires to be a complete list of compositions by Béla Bartók. The catalogue numbering by András Szőllősy (Sz.), László Somfai (BB.) and Denijs Dille (DD.) are provided, as well as Bartók's own opus numbers. Note that Bartók started three times anew with opus numbers, here indicated with "(list 1)", "(list 2)" and "(list 3)" respectively. The pieces from the third listing are by far best known; opus lists 1 and 2 are early works. The year of composition and instrumentation (including voice) are included. See the main article on Béla Bartók for more details.

Name Sz. BB DD Opus[1] Year[2] Instruments/voices used
Walczer 1 1 1 1 (list 1) 1890 Piano
Changing Piece (Változo darab) 1 2 2 (list 1) 1890 Piano
Mazurka 2 1 3 3 (list 1) 1890 Piano
Budapest Athletic Competition 1 4 4 (list 1) 1890 Piano
Sonatina No. 1 1 5 5 (list 1) 1890 Piano
Wallachian Piece (Oláh darab) 1 6 6 (list 1) 1890 Piano
Fast Polka (Gyorspolka) 1 7 7 (list 1) 1891 Piano
'Bela' Polka 1 8 8 (list 1) 1891 Piano
'Katinka' Polka 1 9 9 (list 1) 1891 Piano
Voices of Spring (Tavaszi hangok) 1 10 10 (list 1) 1891 Piano
'Jolán' Polka 1 11 11 (list 1) 1891 Piano
'Gabi' Polka 1 12 12 (list 1) 1891 Piano
Forget-me-not (Nefelejts) 1 13 13 (list 1) 1891 Piano
Ländler No. 1 1 14 14 (list 1) 1891 Piano
'Irma' Polka 1 15 15 (list 1) 1891 Piano
Radegund Echo (Radegundi visszhang) 1 16 16 (list 1) 1891 Piano
March (Induló) 1 17 17 (list 1) 1891 Piano
Ländler No. 2 1 18 18 (list 1) 1891 Piano
Circus Polka (Cirkusz polka) 1 19 19 (list 1) 1891 Piano
The Course of the Danube (A Duna folyása) 4 1 20 20 (list 1) 1891 Piano
The Course of the Danube (A Duna folyása) 4 1 20b 20 (list 1) 1894 Violin and Piano
Sonatina No. 2 1 21 21 (list 1) 1891? Piano
Ländler No. 3 * 1 22 22 (list 1) 1892 Piano
Spring Song 1 23 23 (list 1) 1892 Piano
Szöllos Piece (Szöllosi darab) * 1 24 24 (list 1) 1892 Piano
'Margit' Polka 1 25 25 (list 1) 1893 Piano
'Ilona' Mazurka 1 26 26 (list 1) 1893 Piano
'Loli' Mazurka 1 27 27 (list 1) 1893 Piano
'Lajos' Waltz ('Lajos' valczer) 1 28 28 (list 1) 1893 Piano
'Elza' Polka 29 29 (list 1) 1894 Piano
Andante con variazioni 1 30 30 (list 1) 1894 Piano
X.Y. * 1 31 31 (list 1) 1894 Piano
Sonata No. 1 in G minor 2 32 1 (list 2) 1894 Piano
Scherzo in G minor 33 1894 Piano
Fantasie in A minor 3 34 2 (list 2) 1895 Piano
Sonata No. 2 in F major 4 35 3 (list 2) 1895 Piano
Capriccio in B minor 5 36 4 (list 2) 1895 Piano
Sonata in C minor 6 37 5 (list 2) 1895 Violin and Piano
Sonata No. 3 in C major * 7 38 6 (list 2) 1895 Piano
Pieces * 7 39 7 (list 2) 1895 Violin
Fantasia * 7 40 8 (list 2) 1894 Violin
Fantasia * 7 41 9 (list 2) 1895 Violin
String Quartet No. 1 in B major * 7 42 10 (list 2) 1896 String Quartet
String Quartet No. 2 in C minor * 7 43 11 (list 2) 1896 String Quartet
Andante, Scherzo and Finale * 7 44 12 (list 2) 1897 Piano
Three Pieces 8 45 13 (list 2) 1897 Piano
Piano Quintet in C major * 9 46 14 (list 2) 1897 Piano Quintet
Two Pieces * 9 47 15 (list 2) 1897 Piano
Great Fantasy * 9 48 16 (list 2) 1897 Piano
Sonata in A major * 10 49 17 (list 2) 1897 Violin and Piano
Scherzo or Fantasie 8 11 50 18 (list 2) 1897 Piano
Sonata “Op. 1” 12 51 19 (list 2) 1898 Piano
Piano Quartet in C minor 9 13 52 20 (list 2) 1898 Piano Quartet
Three Piano Pieces (fantasies) 6 14 53 21 (list 2) 1898 Piano
Three Songs 10 15 54 1898 Voice and Piano
Scherzo in B minor 16 55 1898 Piano
String Quartet in F major 17 56 1898 String Quartet
Piano Quintet Fragments 19 B10 12 1899 Piano Quintet
Tiefblaue Veilchen 18 57 1899 Soprano w. Orchestra
Scherzo in Sonata Form 19 58 1899–1900 String Quartet
Scherzo in B-flat minor 19 59 1900? Piano
Six Dances 54 19 60 1900 Piano
Valcer 60b 1900 Orchestra
Liebeslieder 13 20 62 1899 Voice and Piano
Scherzo in B-flat minor 21 63 1900 Piano
Variations on a Theme by F.F. 22 64 1900–01 Piano
Scherzo 17 25 65 1901 Orchestra
Tempo di minuetto 23 66 1901 Piano
Four Songs 15 24 67 1902 Voice and Piano
Symphony (only Scherzo) 16 25 68 1902–03 Orchestra
Duo 26 69 1902 Two Violins
Albumblatt (Andante) in A major 26 70 1902 Violin and Piano
Four Piano Pieces (Négy zongoradarab) 22 27 71 1903 Piano
Andante in F-sharp or A major 26 71 B14 1902 Violin and Piano
Violin Sonata in E minor 20 28 72 1903 Violin and Piano
Est (Evening) for Voice and Piano 29 74 1903 Voice and Piano
Est (Evening) for Male Chorus 19 30 74 1903 Male Chorus w. Orchestra
Kossuth, symphonic poem 21 31 75a 1903 Orchestra
Marcia Funèbre (from Kossuth) 21 31 75b 1903 Piano
Four Songs * 18 32 76 1903 Voice and Piano
Piano Quintet 23 33 77 1903–04 Piano Quintet
Rhapsody for Piano 26 36a 1 (list 3) 1904 Piano
Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra 27 36b 1 (list 3) 1905 Piano and Orchestra
Scherzo Burlesque for Piano and Orchestra 28 35 2 (list 3) 1904 Piano and Orchestra
Hungarian Folksongs (Magyar népdalok) 29 37 1904, 1905 Voice and Piano
Székely Folksongs (Piros alma) 30 34 1904, 1905 Voice and Piano
Petits morceaux (from BB37 (No.2) and 24 (No.1) 38 67/1 1905, 1907? Piano
Suite No. 1 31 39 3 (list 3) 1905, rev c.1920 Orchestra
To the Little 'Tot', Five Songs 32 41 1905 Voice and Piano
Hungarian Folksongs, Ten Songs 33 42 1906, rev BB97 1928 Voice and Piano
Hungarian Folksongs, Ten Songs 33 43 1906–07 Voice and Piano
Two Hungarian Folksongs 33b 44 1906 Voice and Piano
Suite No. 2 34 40 4 (list 3) 1905, 1907 rev 1943 Small Orchestra
From Gyergyó 35 45a 1907 Voice (or reed pipe) and Piano
Three Hungarian Folksongs from Csik 35a 45b 1907 Piano
Four Slovak Folksongs 35b 46 1916? Voice and Piano
Eight Hungarian Folksongs 64 47 1907 (no.6–8 1917) Voice and Piano
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 1 36 48a 1907–08 pub 1956 Violin and Orchestra
Two Portraits for Orchestra 37 48b 5 (list 3) 1907–11 Violin and Orchestra
Fourteen Bagatelles 38 50 6 (list 3) 1908 Piano
Ten Easy Pieces 39 51 1908 Piano
String Quartet No. 1 40 52 7 (list 3) 1908–09 String Quartet
Two Elegies 41 49 8b (list 3) 1908–09 Piano
For Children (4 volumes in 2 books) 42 53 1908–09 Piano
Two Romanian Folk Dances 43 56 8a (list 3) 1910 Piano
Two Romanian folk songs 57 1909 appr. Women choir
Four Dirges 45 58 9a (list 3) 1910 Piano
Seven Sketches (Vázlatok) 44 54 9b (list 3) 1908–10 Piano
Two Pictures for Orchestra 46 59 10 (list 3) 1910 Orchestra
Three Burlesques (Három burleszk) 47 55 8c (list 3) 1908–11 Piano
Romanian Dance (one of BB 56) 47a 61 1911 Orchestra
Bluebeard's Castle, Opera in One Act 48 62 11 (list 3) 1911 rev 1912 & 1917 Voice and Orchestra
Allegro barbaro 49 63 1911 Piano
Four Old Hungarian Folksongs 50 60 1910 rev 1926 Male Chorus w/o Orchestra
Four Pieces 51 64 12 (list 3) 1912, orch in 1921 Piano / Orchestra
Piano étude (Reschofsky) 52 1913 Piano
The First Term at the Piano 53 66 1913 Piano
Sonatina 55 69 1915 Piano
Romanian Folk Dances 56 68 1915 Piano
Romanian Christmas Carols 57 67 1915 Piano
Two Romanian Folksongs 58 1915 Female Chorus
Nine Romanian Folksongs 59 65 1915 (or earlier) Voice and Piano
The Wooden Prince, Ballet in One Act 60 74 13 (list 3) 1914–17 Orchestra
The Wooden Prince Suite 74 13 (list 3) 1921, 1924? Orchestra
Suite 62 70 14 (list 3) 1916 Piano
Five Songs 61 71 15 (list 3) 1916 Voice and Piano
Five Songs 63 72 16 (list 3) 1916 Voice and Piano
Slovak Folksong 63a 73 1916? Voice and Piano
Hungarian Folksong 65 1914–17? Piano
Three Hungarian Folk Tunes 66 80b 1914–18 rev 1941 Piano
String Quartet No. 2 67 75 17 (list 3) 1915–17 String Quartet
Romanian Folkdances for small orchestra (from BB 68) 68 76 1917 Piano / Orchestra
Five Slovak Folksongs for Male Chorus 69 77 1917 Male Chorus w/o Orchestra
Four Slovak Folksongs for Mixed Choir 70 78 1916 or 1917 Mixed Choir w/o Orchestra
Fifteen Hungarian Peasant Songs 71 79 1914–18 Piano
"Leszállott a páva" 80 1914 Piano
Studies 72 81 18 (list 3) 1918 Piano
The Miraculous Mandarin, Pantomime 73 82 19 (list 3) 1918–19, 1924 Orchestra (w. choir)
The Miraculous Mandarin, Suite 73 82 19 (list 3) 1918, cmpl in 1927 Orchestra
Eight Improvisations on Hungarian Peasant Songs 74 83 20 (list 3) 1920 Piano
Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 75 84 21 (list 3) 1921 Violin and Piano
Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2 76 85 1922 Violin and Piano
Dance Suite 77 86 1923, piano 1925 Orchestra / piano
Village Scenes (Falún), Five Slovak Songs 78 87a 1924 Female Voice and Piano
Three Village Scenes (Falún) 79 87b 1926 (May) 4/8 women choir w. chmb.orch.
Sonata for Piano 80 88 1926 (June) Piano
Out of Doors 81 89 1926 (Summer) Piano
Nine Little Pieces 82 90 1926 Piano
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 83 91 1926 Piano and Orchestra
Three Rondos on Slovak Folk Tunes 84 92 1916, 1927 Piano
String Quartet No. 3 85 93 1927 String Quartet
Rhapsody for Violin and Orchestra No. 1 86 94 1929 Violin and Orchestra
Rhapsody for Violin and Piano No. 1 87 94 1928 Violin and Piano
Rhapsody for Cello and Piano 88 94 1929 Cello and Piano (transcription of Rhapsody for Violin and Piano No. 1)
Rhapsody for Violin and Piano No. 2 89 96 1928 rev 1935 or 1944 Violin and Piano
Rhapsody for Violin and Orchestra No. 2 90 96 1928, rev 1935 or 1944 Violin and Orch.
String Quartet No. 4 91 95 1928 String Quartet
Five Hungarian Folksongs (revision of BB 42) 33 97 1928 Voice and Piano
Twenty Hungarian Folksongs 92 98 1929 Voice and Piano
Four Hungarian Folksongs for Mixed Chorus 93 99 1932 Mixed Chorus
Cantata Profana (9 Enchanted Stags) 94 100 1930 2 voices dbl chorus w. orch.
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2 95 101 1930–31 Piano and Orchestra
Sonatina for violin and piano (arr. BB 69) 55 102a 1930 appr Violin and Piano
Transylvanian Dances 96 102b 1931 Orchestra
Hungarian Sketches arr. parts BB51,53,55,58 97 103 1931 Orchestra
44 Duos for Two Violins 98 104 1931 Two Violins
Székely Songs for Male Chorus 99 106 1932 (and 1938?) Male Chorus
Hungarian Peasant Songs arr. BB79/6–15 100 107 1933 Orchestra
Five Hungarian Folksongs arr. parts BB 98 101 108 1933 Solo Voice and Orchestra
Hungarian dances 1934 Violin and Piano
String Quartet No. 5 102 110 1934 String Quartet
7 Choruses with Orchestral Accompaniment 103 111 1935–36, w. orch 1937–41 Children and women choir w.&w/o orch
From Olden Times for Male Chorus 104 112 1935 Male Chorus
Petite suite arr. BB 104 105 113 1936 Piano
Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta 106 114 1936 Strings, Percussion and Celesta
Mikrokosmos 107 105 1926 and 1932–39 Piano
Seven Pieces from Mikrokosmos (BB 105) 108 120 1939–1940 Two Pianos
Hungarian Folksong 109 109 1934 approx.
Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion 110 115 1937 Two Pianos and Percussion; orchestrated 1940 as the Concerto for Two Pianos, Percussion and Orchestra
Contrasts 111 116 1938 Violin, Clarinet and Piano
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 2 112 117 1937–38 Violin and Orchestra
Divertimento 113 118 1939 Strings
String Quartet No. 6 114 119 1939 String Quartet
Concerto for Two Pianos, Percussion and Orchestra 115 121 1940 Two Pianos, Percussion and orchestra; an orchestration of the Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion
Suite arr. BB 40 115a 122 4b (list 3) 1941 Two Pianos
Concerto for Orchestra 116 123 1942–43, rev 1945 Orchestra
Sonata for Solo Violin 117 124 1944 Solo Violin
A férj keserve (Goat Song) 125 1945 Voice and Piano
Three Ukrainian Folksongs 118 126 1945 Voice and Piano
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 3 119 127 1945 Piano and Orchestra
Concerto for Viola (sketches only) 120 128 1945 Viola and Orchestra
  1. ^ Bartók started three times anew with opus numbering.
  2. ^ "rev" means "revised"; "orch" means "orchestrated"; "pub" means "published"; "cmpl" means "completed"; * means work is lost

List by type of composition[edit]

This is a near complete list of compositions by Béla Bartók. Both the more common András Szöllősy catalogue numbering (Sz.) and the more recent László Somfai catalogue number (BB.) are provided. Where compositions do not have a Sz. numbering, the intermediate Denijs Dille catalogue numbering (DD.) has been provided. See the main article on Béla Bartók for more details.

This list does not include early compositions that have since been lost.

Stage works[edit]

Orchestral works[edit]

  • Scherzo in C major from Symphony in E flat major DD 68, BB 25
  • Suite #1 for full orchestra (1905) Op. 3, Sz. 31, BB 39
  • Suite #2 for small orchestra (1905–1907 revised 1943) Op. 4, Sz. 34, BB 40
  • Two Pictures (1910) Op. 10, Sz. 46, BB 59
  • Romanian Dance Sz. 47a, BB 61
  • Four Pieces (1912) Op. 12, Sz. 51, BB 64
  • Suite The Wooden Prince Op. 13, Sz. 60, BB 74
  • Romanian Folk Dances for small orchestra (1917) Sz. 68, BB 76
  • Suite The Miraculous Mandarin Op. 19, Sz. 73, BB 82
  • Kossuth, Symphonic Poem Sz. 75a, BB 31
  • Dance Suite (Táncszvit) (1923) Sz. 77, BB 86
  • Transylvanian Dances Sz. 96, BB 102b
  • Hungarian Sketches (1931) Sz. 97, BB 103
  • Hungarian Peasant Songs Sz. 100, BB 107
  • Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta (1936) Sz. 106, BB 114
  • Divertimento (1939) Sz. 113, BB 118
  • Concerto for Orchestra (1942–43, revised 1945) Sz. 116, BB 123

Concertante works[edit]

Choral works[edit]

  • With Orchestral Accompaniment
    • 3 Village Scenes Falun Sz. 79, BB 87b
    • 5 Hungarian Folksongs Sz. 101, BB 108
    • 7 Choruses with Orchestral Accompaniment, selected and arr. from Sz. 103, BB 111
    • Cantata Profana The Nine Enchanted Stags (1930) Sz. 94, BB 100
  • Without Orchestral Accompaniment
    • 4 Old Hungarian folksongs Sz. 50, BB 60
    • 4 Slovak Folksongs Sz. 70, BB 78
    • 27 Two-part & Three-part Choruses Sz. 103, BB 111
    • Evening DD 74, BB 30
    • From Olden Times (1935)
    • Hungarian Folksongs Sz. 93, BB 99
    • Slovak Folksongs Sz. 69, BB 77
    • Székely Songs Sz. 99, BB 106

Chamber works[edit]

Piano works[edit]

Songs[edit]

  • 2 Hungarian Folksongs Sz. 33b, BB 44
  • 4 Slovakian Folksongs Sz. 35b, BB 46
  • 4 Songs included in Mikrokosmos Sz. 107, BB 105
  • 5 Songs on poems by Endre Ady Op. 16, Sz. 63, BB 72
  • 5 Songs on poems by Klára Gombossy and Wanda Gleiman Op. 15, Sz. 61, BB 71 (original with piano accompaniment, later also arranged by Zoltán Kodály for orchestral accompaniment)
  • 8 Hungarian Folksongs Sz. 64, BB 47
  • 20 Hungarian Folksongs Sz. 92, BB 98
  • Székely Folksong Piros Alma... Sz. 30, BB 34
  • From Gyergyó Sz. 35, BB 45a
  • Hungarian Folksong Sz. 109, BB deest
  • Hungarian Folksongs #1–10 Sz. 33, BB 42
  • Hungarian Folksongs #11–20 Sz. 33a, BB 43
  • Village Scenes Falun Sz. 78, BB 87a

Arrangements by others[edit]

  • Suite paysanne hongroise (arranged by Paul Arma, for flute and piano or orchestra)
  • Rumanian Folk Dances (arranged by Frederick Charlton for The Hutchins Consort)
  • Allegro barbaro arranged by Jenő Kenessey for orchestra (1946)