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114 Béla Bartók 1881-1945
Rumanian Folk Music
Manuscript, 607, 667, 331 p., 1940-44
One of the founders of the field of ethnomusicology, as well as Hungary's foremost composer, Bartók began his researches into Hungarian and Rumanian folk music while a young man, before the social upheavals of the First World War permanently destroyed rural folk culture in eastern Europe. It was not until Bartók had been forced by World War II to leave Europe for America, however, that he wrote his major musicological work, Rumanian Folk Music. While he worked as a research assistant in the University's Music Department from 1940 to 1944, he prepared three volumes of music and analysis which were deposited in the Library; although publishing arrangements had been made, costs were prohibitive, and the monumental work was not published until 1967, twenty-two years after Bartók's death.
Gift of Béla Bartók

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