The music world was in for a treat with the Bartok Piano Sonata, Sz. 80 discovered not long ago by Bartok specialist and pianist Gergely Boganyi. He found some sheets of music Bartok had written as a young boy. The original manuscript was found in Bartoks sister’s house and was later found to have Bartok’s hand writing. Bartok had originally composed the piece for his friend, Erno Dohnanyi who Bartok studied under. Bartok left it unfinished due to its difficulty when he saw how challenging it was for his teacher to play.
The piece is entirely different from Bartoks traditional style and is a more romantic style than Bartok would usually compose. Bartok’s sister later sold the manuscript to Bartoks publisher, who published it in 1955 after Bartoks death. The Bartok family had no idea that this piece even existed until Gergely Boganyi found a copy of the original composition in Bartoks sisters home and decided to perform it. Bartoks sister claimed she had no idea Bartok had written it, as Bartok hadn’t shown it to her before leaving for America.