Béla Bartók [1881-1945]

On this day,

March 25, 1881

Hungarian composer, pianist, and ethnomusicologist

Béla Bartók

was born

in the Banatian town of Nagyszentmiklós in the Kingdom of Hungary

present-day Sânnicolau Mare, Romania

Béla Bartók is considered one of the most important composers of the 20th century. Through his collection and analytical study of folk music, he was one of the founders of comparative musicology, which later became ethnomusicology.

We listen to his

Piano Concerto No. 1

Yuja Wang, piano
Esa-Pekka Salonen
conducts the
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra

I. Allegro moderato – Allegro
II. Andante – attacca
III. Allegro molto


Divertimento for String Orchestra, Sz.113, BB.118

Janine Jansen, Noa Wildschut, Boris Brovtsyn [violin]
Amihai Grosz [viola]
Jens Peter Maintz, Daniel Blendulf [cello]
Ying Lai Green [double bass]

I. Allegro non troppo
II. Molto adagio
III. Allegro assai

Oannes has posted on Bartók birthday last year:

Béla Bartók [1881-1945]: Violin Concerto No 1

A sunrise a few days ago…


Stay Safe!

29 replies »

  1. Ahh, Marina, this was wonderful! Thank you!
    Unless I heard a piece on Oannes blog,(which I may have… I’m still learning) I’d never heard of Bela before. At first I thought it was going to be a woman. Then when I saw the pic, I thought it was a woman dressed as a man. Women did that in the old days. It was one way they could be free.

    Now, I am impressed with all of the musicians who study, practice and recreate classical music for us. It’s a wonderful thing!

    • Ah, thanks, my friend! You mean about the celebrations on Greece’s independence war anniversary? To be honest, I felt really weird watching the army etc parading with masks on. I wonder what all those fighters/warriors during 1821 would have thought seeing that!

      • For me it’s a little weird thinking of Greece being “independent” for only 200 years when it’s been around for so long. But I’m not really up on the recent history. Canada will be 200 in 2067. Unless I live to be 105, I guess I’ll be watching from somewhere else!

        • I had to look that up, about ancient Greece and it seems there was frost and snow during winter: “In ancient Greek literature, the mention of snow or extreme cold appears in several prominent texts. Among them, Hesiod’s Works and Days (536–544), a didactic poem composed around 700 BC, offers some practical advice for keeping warm in the cold winter months…”
          I think we’ve always had all 4 seasons with their characteristics. Other times milder and other harsher.

  2. Photo #1 – a small patch of clear blue in the otherwise ominous dark. A spot of yang embedded within the yin. ☯🐓


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