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BELA BARTOK (pianoforte) Virtuoso and Composer
Zoltan Szekely is not only a brilliant violin virtuoso, but also a notable composer. He studied the violin with Hubay, and composition with Kodaly. A violin sonata of his was chosen for performance at the International Music Festival in Venice. He made his debut as a violinist with the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra.
Bela Bartók
Hungary can boast of at least four great composers-Liszt, Dohnányi, Kodaly, and Bartok. The names of the last two composers are usually linked together, not, however, because their styles necessarily resemble each other-each has a distinctive individuality-but because they are contemporaries and have joined forces in the collection and revival of Hungarian or Magyar folk song. Their achievements in this direction are similar to those of Cecil Sharp and Vaughan Williams with regard to English folk song. While Bartok's music is allstrongly nationalistic in colour and idiom, particularly from a rhythmic point of view, it shows the stamp of a powerful and original musical mind, which if sometimes challenging in its love of crude rhythms and dissonant harmony commands respect and arouses intense interest.


Violin: Zoltan Szekely

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