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Bartok, Bela

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Born: 1881 AD
Died: 1945 AD, at 64 years of age.

Nationality: Hungarian
Categories: Composers, Pianists

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1881 - Béla Bartók was born 25th of March in Transylvanian town Nagyszentmiklós Hungary.

 

1899 - Bartók followed Dohnányi to the Academy of Music in Budapest.

 

1903 - Bartók produced his first major work, the symphonic poem, Kossuth, honoring Lajos Kossuth, hero of the Hungarian revolution.

 

1906 - Bartók began his collecting in Hungary's Békés County.

 

1907 - Became a piano instructor at the Budapest Academy.

 

1909 - Bartók married Márta Ziegler.

 

1919 - He and Kodály were temporarily suspended from their Academy posts for political reasons.

 

1917 - First mature work, the opera Bluebeard's Castle, Bartók translated his own sense of profound spiritual isolation into music.

    

         - He pursued the same theme in the fairy-tale ballet The Wooden Prince, and the ballet-pantomime The Miraculous Mandarin.

 

1926 - Wrote The Miraculous Mandarin tells a sordid modern story of prostitution, robbery, and murder.

 

1931 - Went to the French Embassy to accept the Légion d'honneur.

 

1934 - He wrote his fifth string quartet for the American Elisabeth Sprague Coolidge.

 

1936 - For the Swiss conductor Paul Sacher he composed Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta.

 

1937 - The Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion.

 

1939- He wrote for Divertimento.

 

1940  - Bartók sailed for America with his wife.

 

1945 - On 26th of September Bartók died in a New York hospital.

 

 

 


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