Through his far-reaching endeavors as composer, performer, educator, and ethnomusicologist, Béla Bartók emerged as one of the most forceful and influential musical personalities of the 20th century. Born in Nagyszentmiklós, Hungary (now Romania), on March 25, 1881, Bartók began his musical training with piano studies at the age of five, foreshadowing his lifelong affinity for the instrument. Following his graduation from the Royal Academy of Music in 1901 and the composition of his first mature works -- most notably, the symphonic poem Kossuth (1903) -- Bartók embarked on one of the classic field studies in the history of ethnomusicology. With fellow countryman and composer Zoltán Kodály, he traveled throughout Hungary and neighboring countries, collecting thousands of authentic folk songs. Bartók's immersion in this music ...
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Composition Highlights

Title Year Avg. Duration Genre
String Quartet No. 6 in D major, Sz. 114, BB 119 1939 28:48 Chamber Music
Music for Strings, Percussion & Celesta, Sz. 106, BB 114 1936 29:30 Orchestral
Piano Concerto No. 3 in E major, Sz. 119, BB 127 (completed by Tibor Serly) 1945 24:13 Concerto
String Quartet No. 3 in C sharp major, Sz. 85, BB 93 1927 15:30 Chamber Music
Piano Concerto No. 2 in G major, Sz. 95, BB 101 1930 28:02 Concerto
Concerto for Orchestra, Sz. 116, BB 123 1943 37:23 Concerto
String Quartet No. 4 in C major, Sz. 91, BB 95 1928 22:59 Chamber Music
Contrasts, pieces (3) for clarinet, violin & piano, Sz. 111, BB 116 1938 15:59 Chamber Music
Piano Sonata, Sz. 80, BB 88 1926 13:00 Keyboard
Sonata for 2 pianos & 2 percussion, Sz. 110, BB 15 1937 25:59 Chamber Music
The Miraculous Mandarin, pantomime in 1 act, Sz. 73, BB 82 (Op. 19) 1918 30:56 Orchestral
String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Sz. 67, BB 75 (Op. 17) 1915 26:50 Chamber Music
String Quartet No. 5 in B flat major, Sz. 102, BB 110 1934 30:47 Chamber Music
Allegro barbaro, for piano, Sz. 49, BB 63 1911 02:59 Keyboard
Duke Bluebeard's Castle (A kékszakkallú Herceg Vára), opera in one act, Sz. 48, BB 62 (Op. 11) 1911 57:26 Opera
Violin Concerto No. 1, Sz. 36, BB 48a 1907 21:02 Concerto
Suite for piano, Sz. 62, BB 70 (Op. 14) 1916 08:54 Keyboard
Piano Concerto No. 1 in A major, Sz. 83, BB 91 1926 24:11 Concerto
Sonata for violin solo, Sz. 117, BB 124 (edited by Yehudi Menhuin) 1944 26:05 Chamber Music
Sonata for violin & piano No. 2 in C major, Sz. 76, BB 85 1922 20:23 Chamber Music
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