In addition to being one of the most important composers of the 20th Century, Béla Bartók was one of the founders of ethnomusicology. Traveling the countryside and making field recordings of the various folk songs of different regions of Hungary, he sought to create a tradition of truly Hungarian music. The originality that resulted is remarkable. Because of Bela Bartok, his companion Zoltan Kodaly, and Franz Liszt, Hungary has made a significant imprint on classical music.
Concerto for Orchestra
Romanian Folk Dances
Opening Scene from “Bluebeard’s Castle”
Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta
Originally written for his son, Mikrokosmos, a set of 153 progressive piano pieces in 6 volumes, has become one of the most important resources from the 20th century for aspiring composers and young pianists.
To read more about Bartók, please enjoy the articles from PBS.org’s “Great Performances” page.