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Bluebeard's Castle

By Béla Bartók

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Composed by Béla Bartók. Complete Score. Dover Edition. 20th Century; Masterwork. Vocal Score. Published by Dover Publications (AP.6-416879).

Item Number: AP.6-416879

ISBN 0486416879.

A musical volcano that erupts for 60 minutes of compressed tragedy," as Zoltán Kodály dubbed it, this one-act opera from 1911---Bartók's only foray into the genre---revolves around a psychological duel between a nervous bride and her notorious husband. Featuring a libretto by the distinguished writer Béla Balázs, Bluebeard's Castle is considered the greatest Hungarian opera. For this new vocal-score edition, Stanley Appelbaum has provided an informative introduction and a full English synopsis based on the original Hungarian text.

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