Happy Birthday Bela Bartok

Bela Bar­tok, the great 20th Cen­tu­ry Hun­gar­i­an com­pos­er was born on this day in 1881.

Bar­tok is prob­a­bly best known for his fas­ci­na­tion with East­ern Euro­pean folk music. Not only did he incor­po­rate com­po­nents of folk music into his com­po­si­tions, but he also col­lect­ed and stud­ied it as a part of the prac­tice of com­par­a­tive musi­col­o­gy. This type of study even­tu­al­ly mor­phed into what we know today as eth­no­mu­si­col­o­gy, and due to Bar­tok’s con­tri­bu­tions he is con­sid­ered one of the “founders” of this dis­ci­pline.

Bar­tok’s ear­li­est works were late Roman­tic in style, but as he matured as an artist he found inspi­ra­tion and influ­ence from Richard Strauss and Claude Debussy. By the mid 20th Cen­tu­ry, Bar­tok had a style that was all his own that often com­bined the use of both tonal and aton­al struc­tures in his pieces.

Today’s pro­gram fea­tures the music of Bar­tok, some pieces from Debussy and R. Strauss, works from Hun­gary’s oth­er great com­pos­er Franz Liszt, and final­ly some East­ern Euro­pean folk tunes. We at Radio Riel thank you for lis­ten­ing!

Today’s pro­gram is pre­sent­ed by Gabrielle Riel. To lis­ten, click here to start your play­er . If you are in the Unit­ed States, please use the fol­low­ing link: http://loudcity.com/stations/radio-riel/tune_in .

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