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Bold Belá Bartók
was born in Nagysentmiklós, Hungary in 1881 and died in New
York in 1945. His mother initiated his piano lessons and studied
conducting under the guidance of Laszlo Erkel. Then, in 1899, the
Budapset Royal Academy of Music became his educational institute.
1906, Bartók and Kodály published a collection of
folksongs. Bartók’s journey into exploring Hungarian
peasant music actually began around 1905. Arguably, his greatest
compositions are his six string quartets.
enjoyed incorporating folk music into his compositions. Two composers
that undoubtedly had an influence on his style include Liszt
was tough to the end. Even in failing health (he had leukemia towards
the end), he managed to write his amazing Concerto for Orchestra,
a work commissioned by the Koussevitzky Foundation.
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