Bartók, Béla

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Bartók, Béla

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Béla Bartók was born in 1881 in Nagyszentmiklós (today known as Sânnicolau Mare), Hungary. He gave his first concert at the age of six and went on to study music at Pressburg (today Bratislava) at the Conservatory in Vienna, and at the Royal Hungarian Music Academy in Budapest, where he became professor in 1907.

In addition to his educational career, he lead investigations into Hungarian, Rumanian, and Slovak folk music, and called for them to be recorded. His musical compositions earned him an international reputation and he embarked upon several worldwide tours during the 1920s.

In 1931, he joined the Permanent Committee on Arts and Letters of the IIIC. He was also a member of the Hungarian Committee of Intellectual Cooperation. Having emigrated to the United States in 1940, he died in 1945 in New York.


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Created by Marie Caillot 17/10/2011. English translation by Jan Stöckmann 11-08-2015.




  • UNESCO Archives, Archival Group 1 : IICI, "Bulletin de la Coopération intellectuelle", n°3, mars 1931, p. 104.
  • UNESCO Archives, Archival Group 1 : IICI/ 01. "Première session du Comité permanent des Lettres et des Arts. Les Arts et les Lettres à la Société des Nations. Propositions de MM. Paul Valéry et Henri Focillon". Supplément au n°7-8 du Bulletin de la Coopération intellectuelle. Paris : IICI, 1931. 51 pages.
  • UNESCO Archives, Archival Group 1 : CICI/461. Organisation de Coopération intellectuelle, "Les Commissions nationales de Coopération intellectuelle", Genève 1937, "Hongrie", p. 69-71.
  • Gergely, J. "Béla Bartók" in Encyclopædia universalis. Retrieved from : Accessed 17 October 2011.

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