Composition database

This is the Composition Database of BMC, which includes information about works by composers that are either Hungarian or Hungarian by origin or live in Hungary.

Title of the work

The Miraculous Mandarin, Op. 19, BB 82


Original / Hungarian title
A csodálatos mandarin, Op. 19, BB 82
Foreign language / English title
The Miraculous Mandarin, Op. 19, BB 82
Suite for Orchestra
Year of composition

Symphony orchestra
3 fl. (II and III anche picc.), 3 ob. (III anche, 3 cl. (III anche cl.b.), 3 fg. (III anche cfg.) - 4 cor., 3 tr., 3 trb., tuba - timp., perc. (tmb.picc., tmb.mlt., gr.c., ptti., trg., tam-tam, xil.) - cel., arpa, pf., org. - strings: vl. 1, vl. 2, vla., vlc., cb.
32 min

Movements, parts
1. Bevezetés (az utca lármája); a csavargóknak a lányhoz intézett parancsa / Introduction (street noises). The command of the hoodlums directed at the girl
2. A lány első hívogatója (klarinétszóló), melyre megjelenik az öreg gavallér, akit végül kidobnak / The girl’s first inviting gestures (clarinet solo), in response to which the old gentleman appears, who gets thrown out in the end by the hoodlums
3. A lány második hívogatója, melyre megjelenik a fiú, akit szintén kidobnak / The girl’s second inviting gestures, upon which appears the young lad, who is also thrown out
4. A lány harmadik hívogatója, erre a mandarin jelenik meg (tutti ff) / The girl’s third inviting gestures. The mandarin appears (tutti ff)
5. A lány csábítótánca (lassabb, majd gyorsabb valcer) / The girl’s seductive dance before the mandarin (at first slow, then increasingly faster Waltz)
6. A mandarin az előle menekülő lányt vad hajsza után eléri / The mandarin catches up with the girl after an ever wilder chase

Premiere information
15 October 1928, Budapest; Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra, Ernő Dohányi (cond.)
Publisher / Source
Universal Edition © 1927, UE8909

Boosey and Hawkes © 1955
Available here!
BMC CD 058, 2001 - Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, Péter Eötvös (cond.)
1 min. sample
1 The Miraculous Mandarin
Remarks, other info
Transcription of the pantomime of the same title, composed: 1919