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Live Zoom discussion with Peter Laki on Bartok

Join the live Zoom discussion about Bela Bartok featuring Peter Laki

Having immigrated to the United States in 1940, Hungarian composer Béla Bartók (1881-1945) stayed in Saranac Lake during the last three summers of his life.  Bartók, who had grown up in the old Austro-Hungarian Monarchy, built on his extensive ethnomusicological research as he developed his personal musical style.   Traveling to remote villages in the Monarchy, he recorded, transcribed and analyzed thousands of Hungarian, Romanian and Slovak folk songs.  He then made these specific local traditions universal by incorporating them in his own compositions, which were modern in their style and often quite complex structurally.  There are parallels between his life and a famous poem by his Hungarian contemporary Endre Ady (1877-1919), who compared the artist's journey to a course of water that starts out as a tiny brook and eventually reaches the ocean.
​Peter Laki, visiting Professor of Music, Bard College, is the author of numerous musicological articles.  He served as the editor of Bartók and His World, a collection of essays and documents published for the Bard Music Festival. He writes program notes for many orchestras and performing arts organizations around the country and has lectured at many international conferences.

Bela Bartok