Estate Béla Bartók 71FSS1, deposited in the Paul-Sacher-Stiftung (photocopy in Budapest Bartók Archives).
Recorded in 1941 by the Kolisch Quartet (Rudolf Kolisch, Felix Khuner, Jascha Veikssi, Stefan Auber; the last two were new members who did not play in the premiere in Washington, D.C.), Biddulph Recordings (issued 1995) LAB 107.
György KROÓ, A Guide to Bartók (Budapest: Corvina Press, 1974), 172; János KÁRPÁTI, Bartók's Chamber Music (New York: Stuyvesant, 1994), 365; Tibor TALLIÁN, Béla Bartók: The Man and His Work (Budapest: Corvina, 1981), 185.
Here I quote László Vikárius's translation from the original: Denijs DILLE, “Interview with Béla Bartók (1937),” Hungarian Heritage 7/1–2 (2006), 15.
For the fair copy in French see Jacque LENOIR, “A propos de quelques documents du Fonds Gaston Verhuyck,” Studia Musicologica 35/1–3 (1993–1994), 155–180.
Philharmonia Scores, no. 167.
English translation in Béla Bartók Essays, selected and ed. by Benjamin SUCHOFF (London: Faber & Faber, 1976), 414.
“Die Tonartenreihenfolge der einzelnen Teile ergibt die Ganztonskala.”
At this point of the lecture version the complete opening Allegro of the Fifth Quartet was presented in the performance of the Kolisch Quartet, with the projection of the autograph draft score, to show how Bartók put down this complicated score, where he hesitated and made revisions, and what was crossed out or inserted as a second thought.
I would like to share with you one of my revelations about the proper performance of this return. Decades ago in Banff, Canada, at a summer course, one of the master interpreters of Bartók's quartets, Zoltán Székely with great care instructed young musicians how they should play these up-and-down intervals not in an attractive detached style with springing bow but with tenuto notes as far as possible. This way the thematic profile upgraded the role of the transitional section; thus it indeed became a “second subject.” cf. Claude KENNESON, Székely and Bartók: The Story of a Friendship (Portland, OR: Amadeus Press, 1994), 406–407.