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Béla Bartók (Uncredited)

Béla Bartók

One of the greatest composers of his nation, a proficient pianist and collector of folk music, Béla Bartók was born on March 25, 1881 at Nagyszentmiklós, Hungary. His influential creative genius was felt not only in Hungary but in America and Western Europe. Utilizing the elements of folk music and traditional techniques, he achieved a modern compositional style that had great influence on 20th century music. Bartók studied in Pressburg and at the Budapest Academy of Music (1899-1903), where he studied the piano with Liszt’s pupil Istvan Thoman. In 1904, he started to collect folksongs, which he recorded and classified.

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IT'S NSO INSPIRING! Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra (Jan. 24-26)


Understanding the Music: Bartók's Romanian Folk Dances

National Symphony Orchestra Assistant Conductor Ankush Kumar Bahl discusses Bartók's Romanian Folk Dances .

Watch an excerpt of Bartok's Romanian Folk Dances

From the National Symphony Orchestra: 2011-2012 Season Preview Concert with Assistant Conductor Ankush Kumar Bahl.

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