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Budapest’s Music Academy To Pay Tribute To Legendary Hungarian Composer Béla Bartók With International Competition

By Tamás Székely // 2016.12.07.

Hungary’s Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music will host an international competition and festival in September 2017 to mark the 135th birth anniversary of legendary Hungarian musical genius Béla Bartók.


The Great Hall of the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest

Andrea Vigh, the Academy’s director, said that the global event would be the first in a series, involving a competition for composers and a musical symposium. The competitions will be held in a different category each year. Nominations for the first contest, in the violin category, are welcome before March 26 next year, programme director András Csonka said. Péter Hoppál, state secretary for culture, told the press conference that the government was contributing 160 million forints (EUR 51,000) to finance the event.

Together with Ferenc Liszt, Béla Bartók (1881-1945) is considered the greatest composer and pianist of Hungary and one of the most important composers of the 20th century. Bartók’s style was a unique combination of folk music, classicism and modernism. His major musical works include orchestra, string quartets, piano solos, an opera, a cantata, some ballets, and several folk songs for voice and piano. Through his collected works and analytical research of folk music, he is also regarded as one of the founders of comparative musicology, which eventually became ethno-musicology.

via and MTI; photos: wikipedia