Béla Viktor János Bartók, 1881 - 1945
Born: 25 March 1881, Nagyszentmiklós in the Kingdom of Hungary, Austria-Hungary
Died: 26 September 1945, New York City
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- A nation creates music — the composer only arranges it. permalink
- Competitions are for horse, not artist. permalink
- I cannot conceive of music that expresses absolutely nothing. permalink
- In art there are only fast or slow developments. Essentially it is a matter of evolution, not revolution. permalink
- Our peasant music, naturally, is invariably tonal, if not always in the sense that the inflexible major and minor system is tonal. (An "atonal" folk-music, in my opinion, is unthinkable.) Since we depend upon a tonal basis of this kind in our creative work, it is quite self-evident that our works are quite pronouncedly tonal in type. I must admit, however, that there was a time when I thought I was approaching a species of twelve-tone music. Yet even in works of that period the absolute tonal foundation is unmistakable. permalink
"The Folk Songs of Hungary" in Pro Musica VII (October 1928)
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