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Béla Bartók

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Béla Bartók


Béla Viktor János Bartók (25 March 1881, Nagyszentmiklós, Hungary – 26 September 1945, New York) was a Hungarian composer and pianist. He is considered one of the most important composers of the 20th century and is regarded, along with Liszt, as Hungary's greatest composer. Through his collection and analytical study of folk music, he was one of the founders of ethnomusicology.

He was appointed professor of piano at the Budapest Academy in 1907, where he did research into the folk music of Hungary and its neighbors. Because of difficult political circumstances, Bartok came to the United States in 1940. His reputation as a pianist and composer were well established, and he traveled extensively, performing on the piano. His final years were spent in ill health and poverty.

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  • Lytle, Stephen. "Song of the Mountain Horn." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 11, Compiled and edited by Richard Miles, 267-278. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2018.
  • Rehrig, William H. (2005). The Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music: Complete CD ROM Edition. Ithaca, NY: The Robert Hoe Foundation.