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Béla Bartók


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(1881 – 1945)

Béla Viktor János Bartók (25 March 1881–26 September 1945) was a Hungarian composer, pianist, and collector of Eastern European and Middle Eastern folk music. In Hungarian, the family name precedes the first name, i.e., Bartók Béla.

Bartók was born in Sânnicolau Mare/Nagyszentmiklós (Present day Romania). He is considered one of the greatest of s, and was also one of the founders of the field of ethnomusicology, the study and ethnography of . This interest in and knowledge of traditional music, especially that of his own culture, had a great influence on many of his own compositions.

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  • jazzthieve

    @Kawsoon how cute you think this has anything to do with romanticism or "neoromanticism" as you call it, did you get that off a wikipedia page or something? Next time when trying to come off as elitist don't try to sound so dumb or ignorant kid.

    18 Sep 9:29pm Reply
  • Zombiewoolf

    bad mofo

    22 Aug 3:30pm Reply
  • Kawsoon

    neoromanticist populist garbage manufactured for plebeians

    4 Aug 11:38am Reply
  • shangoyal

    Loving the string quartets...

    19 Jul 8:51am Reply
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    6 Jul 3:49pm Reply
  • KeIemvor

    I'm among the string quartets lovers too, but haven't heard that much else of him yet.

    5 Jul 3:15pm Reply
  • KeIemvor

    "Sad somehow to die exactly the year the last world war ended ... " At least he witnessed the end of the war.

    5 Jul 3:14pm Reply
  • MonarchKingdom

    At least until recently, because not so long ago I started to listen to string quartets more and more. So, who knows? But Bartók was the first composer whom I liked primarily because of his string quartets.

    10 May 5:11pm Reply
  • MonarchKingdom

    Mampato, yes, there are great string quartets (and Beethoven's and Schubert's are great in particular), I just usually prefer other works. Some of Beethoven's late string quartets are indeed greater pieces of music than most of his symphonies, but somehow I still listen to the symphonies more.

    28 Apr 9:27am Reply
  • EriF_JR

    Happy Birthday!

    26 Mar 8:31am Reply
  • althefknamsrtkn

    "For the piano player, it's a finger-breaking piece. [It] is probably the single most difficult piece that I have ever played, and I usually end up with a keyboard covered by blood." - András Schiff on the second piano concerto

    26 Feb 4:50am Reply
  • Mampato

    I adore the string quartet medium. Just as in Bartok's case, Beethoven's and Schubert's quartets are my favourite works by those composers (I even rank them ahead of their symphonies and songs).

    14 Feb 5:43pm Reply
  • Mampato

    Look at what this obituary says about the late conductor Claudio Abbado: 'Wartime deprivations notwithstanding, Mr. Abbado pursued his musical training. When other children scribbled graffiti promoting their favorite soccer teams, he was inspired to scrawl on a public wall the phrase “Viva Bartók” — for Béla Bartók, the contemporary Hungarian composer, one of his favorite musical figures.' Yes, Bartok is just as important as football!

    14 Feb 5:40pm Reply
  • MonarchKingdom

    (in English: In general I'm not a big fan of string quartets, but somehow with Bartók for the moment I like his string quartets the most. The first composer whom I like primarily because of his string quartets.)

    28 Dec 2013 Reply
  • MonarchKingdom

    Általánosságban nem vagyok egy vonósnégyes-fan, de valahogy Bartók esetében a vonósnégyesei tetszenek perpillanat a legjobban. Az első zeneszerző, akit elsősorban a vonósnégyesei miatt szeretek.

    28 Dec 2013 Reply
  • turbovivaldi

    I need to listen to more of this guy.

    21 Sep 2013 Reply
  • kindertotenlied

    Sad somehow to die exactly the year the last world war ended ...

    19 Jul 2013 Reply
  • SkylineFugitive

    His string quartets are nearly perfect.

    2 Jul 2013 Reply
  • TabooEv

    Lovely music.

    26 May 2013 Reply
  • rfchamusca

    I shed a tear whenever I listen to the 2nd movement of his 'Divertimento', it's so powerful.

    12 May 2013 Reply
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