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Bartók, Béla (1881-1945)  

Béla Bartók

born: 25 March 1881
died: 26 September 1945
country: Hungary

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Born in 1881 in Hungary, Bartók began piano lessons with his mother at the age of five. He studied piano and composition at the Royal Academy of Music in Budapest, where he created a number of works that echoed the style of Brahms and Richard Strauss. After graduating, he discovered Austro-Hungarian and Slavic folk music, travelling extensively with his friend Zoltán Kodály and recording countless ethnic songs and dances which began to influence his own compositions. Kodály also introduced him to the works of Debussy in 1907, the year in which he became Professor of Piano at the Budapest Conservatory.

Bartók established his mature style with such scores as the ballet The Miraculous Mandarin and his opera Bluebeard’s Castle. He revived his career as a concert pianist in 1927 when he gave the première of his First Piano Concerto in Mannheim.

Bartók detested the rise of Fascism and in October 1940 he quit Budapest and travelled to the USA. At first he concentrated on ethno-musicological researches, but eventually returned to composition and created a significant group of ‘American’ works, including the Concerto for Orchestra and his Third Piano Concerto.

His character was distinguished by a firm, almost stubborn refusal to compromise or be diverted from his musical instincts by money or position. Throughout his working life, Bartók collected, transcribed and annotated the folk-songs of many countries, a commitment that brought little financial return or recognition but one which he regarded as his most important contribution to music.

from notes by LSO Live © 2014

Albums
'Bartók & Rózsa: Viola Concertos' (CDA67687)
Bartók & Rózsa: Viola Concertos
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'Bartók: 44 Duos for two violins' (CDH55267)
Bartók: 44 Duos for two violins
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'Bartók: Sonata, Contrasts & Rhapsodies' (CDH55149)
Bartók: Sonata, Contrasts & Rhapsodies
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'Bartók: String Quartets' (CDD22003)
Bartók: String Quartets
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'For Children' (CDH55194)
For Children
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'Homage to Paderewski' (CDA67903)
Homage to Paderewski
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'Organ Fireworks, Vol. 9' (CDA67228)
Organ Fireworks, Vol. 9
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'Rózsa & Bartók: Viola Concertos' (CDA67687)
Rózsa & Bartók: Viola Concertos
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On other labels
'Bartók: Divertimento; Tchaikovsky: Serenade' (LSO0752)
Bartók: Divertimento; Tchaikovsky: Serenade
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'Bartók: Duke Bluebeard's Castle' (SIGCD372)
Bartók: Duke Bluebeard's Castle
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'Tchaikovsky: Serenade; Bartók: Divertimento' (LSO0752)
Tchaikovsky: Serenade; Bartók: Divertimento
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Alphabetical listing of all musical works
44 Duos for two violins, Sz98 (Bartók)
A Fairy Tale: Molto tranquillo  No 19 of 44 Duos for two violins, Sz98 (Bartók)
A Rhythm Song: Allegretto – Meno mosso  No 20 of 44 Duos for two violins, Sz98 (Bartók)
Andante  No 32 of For Children (Bartók)
Arabian Song: Allegro  No 42 of 44 Duos for two violins, Sz98 (Bartók)
Bride's Farewell: Lento rubato  No 23 of 44 Duos for two violins, Sz98 (Bartók)
Burlesque: Allegretto – Un poco più tranquillo – Tempo 1  No 16 of 44 Duos for two violins, Sz98 (Bartók)
Comic Song: Allegro scherzando – Meno mosso  No 24 of 44 Duos for two violins, Sz98 (Bartók)
Contrasts, Sz111 (Bartók)
Counting Song: Allegramente  No 34 of 44 Duos for two violins, Sz98 (Bartók)
Cradle Song: Lento  No 11 of 44 Duos for two violins, Sz98 (Bartók)
Dancing Song from Maramaros.Allegro giocoso  No 32 of 44 Duos for two violins, Sz98 (Bartók)
Divertimento for string orchestra, Sz113 (Bartók)
Duke Bluebeard's Castle, Op 11 (Bartók)
Evening in the country  No 5 of Ten Easy Pieces (Bartók)
Fast dance  No 6 of Rumanian Folk Dances, Sz56 (Bartók/Herrick)
For Children (Bartók)
Harvest Song: Lento – Più mosso, parlando – Tempo I – Tempo II  No 33 of 44 Duos for two violins, Sz98 (Bartók)
Haymaking Song: Lento religioso  No 12 of 44 Duos for two violins, Sz98 (Bartók)
Horn dance  No 4 of Rumanian Folk Dances, Sz56 (Bartók/Herrick)
Hungarian March 1: Tempo di marcia, allegramente – Più mosso  No 17 of 44 Duos for two violins, Sz98 (Bartók)
Hungarian March 2: Tempo di marcia  No 18 of 44 Duos for two violins, Sz98 (Bartók)
Hungarian Song 1: Moderatamente mosso  No 6 of 44 Duos for two violins, Sz98 (Bartók)
Hungarian Song 2: Allegretto, leggiero – Meno mosso  No 25 of 44 Duos for two violins, Sz98 (Bartók)
In one spot  No 3 of Rumanian Folk Dances, Sz56 (Bartók/Herrick)
Jest  No 27 of For Children (Bartók)
Limping Dance: Allegro non troppo – Più mosso  No 27 of 44 Duos for two violins, Sz98 (Bartók)
Maypole Dance: Andante  No 2 of 44 Duos for two violins, Sz98 (Bartók)
Menuetto: Moderato  No 3 of 44 Duos for two violins, Sz98 (Bartók)
Midsummer Night Song: Risoluto  No 4 of 44 Duos for two violins, Sz98 (Bartók)
Moderato  No 26 of For Children (Bartók)
Mosquito Dance: Allegro molto  No 22 of 44 Duos for two violins, Sz98 (Bartók)
New Year's Song 1: Adagio – Molto tranquillo  No 21 of 44 Duos for two violins, Sz98 (Bartók)
New Year's Song 2: Tempo giusto  No 29 of 44 Duos for two violins, Sz98 (Bartók)
New Year's Song 3: Allegro – Meno mosso – Tempo I  No 30 of 44 Duos for two violins, Sz98 (Bartók)
New Year's Song 4: Allegro non troppo  No 31 of 44 Duos for two violins, Sz98 (Bartók)
Pillow Dance: Allegretto  No 14 of 44 Duos for two violins, Sz98 (Bartók)
Pizzicato: Allegretto  No 43 of 44 Duos for two violins, Sz98 (Bartók)
Play Song: Allegro non troppo  No 9 of 44 Duos for two violins, Sz98 (Bartók)
Prelude and Canon: Lento – Un poco più lento – Molto tranquillo – Risoluto, non troppo vivace – Allegro molto  No 37 of 44 Duos for two violins, Sz98 (Bartók)
Rhapsody for violin and piano No 1, Sz86 (Bartók)
Rhapsody for violin and piano No 2, Sz89 (Bartók)
Romanian polka  No 5 of Rumanian Folk Dances, Sz56 (Bartók/Herrick)
Rumanian Folk Dances, Sz56 (Bartók/Herrick)
Rumanian Folk Dances, Sz56 (Bartók/Székely)
Rumanian Whirling Dance: Allegro  No 38 of 44 Duos for two violins, Sz98 (Bartók)
Ruthenian Kolomejka: Allegro – Meno mosso – Tempo I  No 35 of 44 Duos for two violins, Sz98 (Bartók)
Ruthenian Song: Andante  No 10 of 44 Duos for two violins, Sz98 (Bartók)
Sash dance  No 2 of Rumanian Folk Dances, Sz56 (Bartók/Herrick)
Scherzo: Vivace  No 41 of 44 Duos for two violins, Sz98 (Bartók)
Serbian Dance: Allegro molto  No 39 of 44 Duos for two violins, Sz98 (Bartók)
Slovakian Song 1: Molto moderato  No 5 of 44 Duos for two violins, Sz98 (Bartók)
Slovakian Song 2: Andante  No 8 of 44 Duos for two violins, Sz98 (Bartók)
Soldier's Song: Maestoso  No 15 of 44 Duos for two violins, Sz98 (Bartók)
Sonata for solo violin, Sz117 (Bartók)
Sorrow: Lento, poco rubato  No 28 of 44 Duos for two violins, Sz98 (Bartók)
Stick dance  No 1 of Rumanian Folk Dances, Sz56 (Bartók/Herrick)
String Quartet No 1, Sz40 Op 7 (Bartók)
String Quartet No 2, Sz67 Op 17 (Bartók)
String Quartet No 3, Sz85 (Bartók)
String Quartet No 4, Sz91 (Bartók)
String Quartet No 5, Sz102 (Bartók)
String Quartet No 6, Sz114 (Bartók)
Swineherd's Song  No 40 of For Children (Bartók)
Teasing Song 1: Andante  No 1 of 44 Duos for two violins, Sz98 (Bartók)
Teasing Song 2: Scherzando  No 26 of 44 Duos for two violins, Sz98 (Bartók)
Ten Easy Pieces (Bartók)
The Bagpipe: Allegro molto – Variation on No 36: Allegro molto  No 36 of 44 Duos for two violins, Sz98 (Bartók)
Three Hungarian Folk-Tunes, Sz66 (Bartók)
Transylvanian Dance 'Ardeliana': Allegro moderato – Più moderato  No 44 of 44 Duos for two violins, Sz98 (Bartók)
Viola Concerto, Sz120 (Bartók/Serly)
Walachian Dance: Comodo – Più lento – Tempo I – Più mosso  No 40 of 44 Duos for two violins, Sz98 (Bartók)
Walachian Song: Allegro moderato  No 7 of 44 Duos for two violins, Sz98 (Bartók)
Wedding Song: Adagio  No 13 of 44 Duos for two violins, Sz98 (Bartók)
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