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Bartok, Bela, 1881-1945



  • Existence: 1881 - 1945


Béla Viktor János Bartók; born March 25, 1881; died September 26, 1945 in New York City; composer and pianist. He and Liszt are regarded as Hungary's greatest composers. Through his collection and analytical study of folk music, he was one of the founders of comparative musicology, which later became ethnomusicology. In 1909, Bartók married Márta Ziegler; their son, Béla III, was born on August 22, 1910; in 1923 he divorced Ziegler and married Ditta Pásztory; their son, Péter, was born in 1924. In 1940 he settled in New York and became an American citizen in 1945; after his death in the late 1980s, the Hungarian government, along with his two sons, Béla III and Péter, requested that his remains be exhumed and transferred back to Budapest for burial, where Hungary arranged a state funeral for him on July 7, 1988.

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Tibor Serly letters to Henry Pleasants

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230311190]
Identifier: MSS SC 1332
Scope and Contents Handwritten and typed letters by Tibor Serly to his close friend Henry Pleasants. The letters mostly deal with personal and music matters such as Serly's career as a composer, music teacher, conductor, writer of musical articles, and violinist. Serly describes his collaborations and professional involvement with such notable figures as Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams, Louis Zukofsky, Bela Bartok, Zoltan Kodaly, Pietro Mascagni, Arturo Toscanini, Leopold Stokowski, Samuel Barber, Igor...
Dates: 1931-1951