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Bartok, Bela: manuscript of arrangement of Beethoven’s “Erlking”


Original manuscript in Rare Book and Manuscript Library: MSF. 783.86 B393e; Copy in Music and Performing Arts Library Special Collections: ML96.4 B33 E74B27, cop. 2


Possibly from collection of George Reeves, former School of Music faculty member

When acquired

1960, if acquired with music from Reeves’ estate


Ten-page manuscript score, orchestration of Beethoven’s “Erlking,” as completed by Reinhold Becker and published in 1897 (pl. no. 6576, 14 pp.; included in binder with Bartok ms.). Note on page 14: “Margit Varro/Chicago, Ill./ Hungarian pianist, friend of Bartok” (signed by Scott Goldthwaite, University of Chicago [later School of Music faculty member, University of Illinois]). A. L. Ringer: “Hitherto unknown to Bartok scholars, it was discovered a few months ago among uncatalogued holdings of the University of Illinois Music Library … in a stack of sheet music most of which belonged to the late George Reeves.” (Musical Quarterly 52, no. 3 [1966]: 308)


Photocopy available for consultation in Music and Performing Arts Special Collections (ML96.4 B33 E74B27, cop.2)

Access/Finding Aids/Bibliography

Refer to library catalog.

Ringer, Alexander L. “The Art of the Third Guess: Beethoven to Becker to Bartok.” Musical Quarterly 52, no. 3 (1966): 304-12.

Correspondence between William McClellan, Music Librarian, and Victor Bator of the Bela Bartok Archives (New York City) in Collections File.

Index terms

Beethoven, Ludwig van; Manuscripts; Bartok, Bela; Reeves, George