Béla Bartók in Hungary - 1912

from Béla Bartók Letters, pages 115-116:

South Hungary turns out to be a particular nest of ballads. We had already heard one or two ballads here and there from young people, when, suddenly, at Petrovosel (a purely Rumanian village in spite of its Serbian name) an old pointsman dictated 7 long ballads at one go, just as if he was reading them out. I was notating for 2 ½ hours without a break; I could hardly keep it up. And the old man just went on and on, dictating---At first I thought perhaps he had learned them all from some calendar as ballads already collected and…   more >>

cite as

Béla Bartók, and Demény, János (ed.), Béla Bartók Letters (London, 1971), p. 115-116. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1450108226934 accessed: 2 December, 2021

location of experience: Hungary

Listeners

Béla Bartók
Composer
1881-1945

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Ballads

Experience Information

Date/Time 1912
Medium live

Notes

Letter from Béla Bartók to János Busitia [Probably: November- December, 1912].


Originally submitted by verafonte on Mon, 14 Dec 2015 15:50:27 +0000
Approved on Sat, 23 Apr 2016 20:25:06 +0100