Béla Bartók in Transylvania - in the middle of 1909

from Béla Bartók Letters, page 95:

Since then, I’ve been roaming about; first in Budapest, then in Steiermark, and at present I’m doing collecting work in the Mezöség district. The Wallachian songs are the most exotic I’ve ever heard [excerpt of the melody]/ The many melismas are striking, I’ve heard real coloratura arias. This summer I’ve collected 25 Hungarian, 20 Slovak and 320 Romanian songs!


cite as

Béla Bartók, and Demény, János (ed.), Béla Bartók Letters (London, 1971), p. 95. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1449850523738 accessed: 24 June, 2024

location of experience: Transylvania


Béla Bartók

Listening to

hide composers
Wallachian songs

Experience Information

Date/Time in the middle of 1909
Medium live


Letter from Béla Bartók to István Thomán. Picture postcard: District of Biharfüred. Galbina: Eskimo-Ice Cave] [Berzterce- Marosludas, August 31st, 1909].

Originally submitted by verafonte on Fri, 11 Dec 2015 16:15:23 +0000
Approved on Sat, 23 Apr 2016 20:23:01 +0100