Introduction Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3
Chapter 4 Chapter 5 Conclusion Bibliography


Primary Sources


Bartók, Béla.    Suchoff, Benjamin (ed.), Béla Bartók Essays  (London: Faber and Faber, 1976; repr. Lincon, Nebr,. And London: University of Nebraska Press, 1992).


---. Demeny, Janos (ed.), Béla Bartók Letters, trans. Peter Balaban and Istvan Farkas, trans rev. Elizabeth West and Colin Mason (London: Faber and Faber, 1971).

---. Suchoff, Benjamin (ed.), The Hungarian Folk Song, trans. M D Calvocoressi, The New York Bartok Archive studies in musicology, no.13 (Albany: State University of New York Press, 1981).

---. Suchoff, Benjamin (
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Secondary Sources



Antokoletz, Elliott, Béla Bartók: A Guide to Research, Garland reference library of the humanities, v.1926, 2nd ed. (New York; London: Garland Pub., 1997).


---. The Music of Béla Bartók: a study of Tonality and Progression in Twentieth-Century Music (Berkeley; London: University of California Press, 1984, Reprint 1989).


---. “The Musical Language of Bartók’s 14 Bagatelles for Piano” in Tempo, no.137 (1981), pp. 8–16.


---. “At last something truly new: Bagatelles” in BC, pp. 110-123.


---. “Modal Transformation and Musical Symbolism in Bartók’s Cantata Profana” in BP, pp. 61-76.


Bellman, Johnathan, “Verbunkos” in The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, ed. Stanley Sadie, 2nd ed., Vol. 26, (London: MacMillan Publishers Ltd, 2001). Pp. 425-426.


Chalmers, Kenneth, Béla Bartók (London: Phaidon, 1995).


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---. “Bartók’s Orchestral Music and the Modern World” in CCB.


Erdely, Stephen, “Bartók and Folk Music” in CCB, pp.24-42.


Fischer, Victoria, “Piano Music: Teaching Pieces and Folk Song arrangements” in CCB, pp. 92-103.


Frigyesi, Judit, “Bela Bartók and the concept of nation and Volk in modern Hungary” in The Musical Quarterly, 72/2 (Summer 1994), pp. 225-87.


---. Béla Bartók and Turn-of-the-Century Budapest (Berkeley: Uni of California Press, 1998).


Gillies, Malcolm, “Bela Bartók” in The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, ed. Stanley Sadie, Vol. 2, (London: MacMillan Publishers Ltd, 2001), pp. 787-818.


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Kárpati, János, “The Piano Works of the War Years” in BC, pp. 146-161.


---. “Bartók in North Africa: A Unique Fieldwork and its Impact on His Music” in BP, pp. 171-184.


---. “The First Two Piano Concertos” in BC, pp. 498-514.


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Kovács, Sándor, “The Ethnomusicologist” in BC, pp. 51-63.


Lackó, Miklós, “The Intellectual Environment of Bartók and Kodály, with Special

Regard to the Period Between the two World Wars” in BKR, pp. 25-44.


Laki, Peter, “Violin Works and the Viola Concerto” in CCB, pp. 133-150.


Lampert, Vera, “Works for Solo Voice and Piano” in BC, pp. 387-412.


Lendvai, Erno, Béla Bartók: An Analysis of his Music (London: Kahn & Averill, 1971).


---. “Duality and Synthesis in the Music of Béla Bartók” in BS, pp. 39-75.


Rice, Timothy, “Béla Bartók and Bulgarian Rhythm” in BP, pp. 196-210.


Sárosi, Bálint, Gypsy Music (Budapest: Corvina Press, 1978).


---. Folk Music: Hungarian Musical Idiom (Budapest: Corvina Press, 1986).


Schoenberg, Arnold, “Folkloristic Symphonies” in Style and Idea, ed. Leonard Stein (London: Faber and Faber, 1975). Pp. 161-166.


Somfai, Lásló, Béla Bartók: Composition, Concepts and Autograph Sources (Berkeley; Los Angeles; London: University of California Press, 1996).


---. Béla Bartók: The Complete Edition (Budapest: Hungaroton LPX 1299).


Stevens, Halsey, The Life and Music of Béla Bartók (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1975).


Suchoff, Benjamin. “Bartók’s Odyssey in Slovak Folk Music” in BP, pp. 15-27.


---. “Fusion of National Style: Piano literature, 1908-11” in BC, pp. 124-145.


Szabolcsi, Bence, “Man and Nature in Bartók World” in BS, pp. 63-75.


---. “Bartók’s Principals of Composition” in BS, pp. 19-21.


Willson, Rachel Beckles, “Vocal Music: Inspiration and Ideology” in CCB, pp. 78-91.


Wilson, Paul, The Music of Béla Bartók, (New haven, Conn.; London: Yale University Press, 1992).


---. “Approaching Atonality: Studies and Improvisations” in BC, pp. 162-172.


---.”Violin Sonatas” in BC, pp. 243-256.


Yeomans, David, “Background and analysis of Bartók’s Romanian Christmas Carols for Piano (1915)” in BP, pp. 185-195.




Antokoletz, Elliot; Victoria Fischer; Benjamin Suchoff (eds.), Bartók Perspectives: Man, Composer, and Ethnomusicologist (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000).


Bayley, Amanda, (ed.) The Cambridge Companion to Bartók (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001).


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Rankí, György (ed.) Bartók and Kodály Revisited (Budapest: Académiai Kiadó, 1987).

List of cited compositions by Béla Bartók

BB no.             Title                                                                Date of composition  

31                Kossuth, for orchestra                                                  1903

36a                        Rhapsody, Op. 1, for piano solo                       1904

35              Scherzo, Op. 2, for piano and orchestra                        1904

42                            Hungarian Folksongs, for voice and piano                     1906               

47                            Eight Hungarian Folksongs, for voice and piano 1907 & 1917

45b            Three Hungarian Folksongs from Csík, for piano           1907

50              Fourteen Bagatelles, Op. 6, for piano                            1908

51              Ten Easy Pieces, for piano                                            1908

53              For Children, for piano                                      1908-1910

54              Seven Sketches, Op. 9b, for piano                    1908-1910

67              Romanian Christmas Songs, for piano               1915

68              Romanian Folk Dances, for piano                                 1915

81              The Three Studies, Op 18, for piano                             1920

83                            Improvisations on Hungarian peasant songs,

for piano, Op. 20                                                          1920

84              Sonata for Violin and Piano no. 1, Op. 21                     1921

85              Sonata for Violin and Piano no. 2                                  1922

87a                        Village Scenes for Voice and Piano                   1924

95              String Quartet, no. 4                                                     1928

98              Twenty Folksongs, for Voice and Piano                        1929

105            Mikrokosmos, 153 pieces for piano                              1926-1939

100                        Cantata Profana, for tenor, baritone, double chorus

and orchestra                                                                1930