Béla Bartók in Budapest - 7 May, 1937

from Béla Bartók Letters, page 257:

At the concert on May 7th I really did play some pieces from the Mikrokosmos. However, at this particular concert they were not so important as the children’s choruses. It was a great experience for me when – at the rehearsal – I heard for the first time my little choruses coming from the lips of these children. I shall never forget this impression of the freshness and gaiety of the little one’s voices. There is something in the natural way these children from the suburban schools produce their voices, that reminds one of the unspoilt sound of peasant singing.

cite as

Béla Bartók, and Demény, János (ed.), Béla Bartók Letters (London, 1971), p. 257. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1450115937591 accessed: 18 May, 2024

location of experience: Budapest


Béla Bartók

Listening to

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written by Béla Bartók
performed by Béla Bartók
Children's choruses
written by Béla Bartók

Experience Information

Date/Time 7 May, 1937
Medium live
Listening Environment indoors, in public


Letter from Béla Bartók to Mme Müller-Widmann, Budapest, II., Csalán út 29., May 24th, 1937.

Originally submitted by verafonte on Mon, 14 Dec 2015 17:58:58 +0000
Approved on Sat, 23 Apr 2016 20:31:40 +0100