What Musician Was Active with Bartók in Collecting and Analyzing Hungarian

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What Musician Was Active with Bartók in Collecting and Analyzing Hungarian Folk Music?

Hungarian Folk Music

Bartók was not the only musician who was actively interested in Hungarian folk music. Zoltán Kodály was also collecting and analyzing Hungarian folk music. Bartók and Kodály were both born in Hungary in the late 1800s, and they both started collecting folk songs in the early 1900s.

Bartók and Kodály’s influence

Bartók and Kodály’s influence on Hungarian music was profound. Their groundbreaking work in collecting and analyzing folk music not only helped revive Hungary’s musical heritage, but also had a major impact on the development of ethnomusicology. Bartók was particularly interested in the music of Eastern Europe, and his research led him to discoveries that would have a lasting impact on the course of 20th-century music.

The Lomnicza Collection

In 1904, Ernö von Dohnányi visited the small village of Lomnicza in Eastern Hungary to collect folk songs. There he met Zoltán Kodály, who was also interested in Hungarian folk music. The two men became friends and continued to collect songs together, amassing a large number of recordings.

In 1908, Bartók met Kodály and Dohnányi and began working with them on the Lomnicza Collection. The three men traveled around Hungary, recording folk songs and collecting manuscripts. They also published a series of articles about their work in the journal Ethnographic Review.

The Lomnicza Collection is one of the most important sources of Hungarian folk music. It includes over 1,000 recordings and manuscripts, many of which are now housed at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

The First Hungarian Folk Music Society

Béla Bartók and Zoltán Kodály were the first to systematically collect and analyze Hungarian folk music. They were also the founders of the first Hungarian Folk Music Society. Bartók was a pianist, composer, and ethnomusicologist, while Kodály was a composer, music educator, and linguist. Together, they did field work collecting folk songs from across Hungary.

The society’s goals

The society’s goals were to promote and preserve traditional Hungarian folk music. The society held concerts and lectures, and published a journal, A magyar népzene (Hungarian Folk Music). Bartók was the assistant music director of the society from 1896 to 1899. He used his position to collect and analyze Hungarian folk songs.

The society’s achievements

The First Hungarian Folk Music Society (in Hungarian: Az első Magyar Népzenei Egyesület) was founded by Béla Bartók and Zoltán Kodály in 1899. The society’s purpose was to collect, edit and publish Hungarian folk music. The society achieved a lot in a short time; they published five volumes of music between 1900 and 1904, which were well received by the public.

The society also organized concerts, where they would perform the collected folk music. These concerts were very popular, and helped to raise awareness of Hungarian folk music. The society disbanded in 1904, but its work was continued by Bartók and Kodály.

Bartók’s Ethnomusicological Methods

Bartók was very interested in folk music and collected a great deal of Hungarian folk music. He also traveled to several other countries to collect folk music. Bartók recorded and transcribed the music he collected. He also analyzed the music he collected to look for patterns.


Bartók and his colleague, ethnomusicologist Zoltán Kodály, were both passionate about Hungarian folk music and spent much of their time collecting and analyzing it. They developed similar methods for conducting fieldwork, which they used to collect over 3,000 folk songs from Hungary and other countries.

Bartók would often go undercover as a peasant to gain access to rural areas where folk music was still being sung. He would take careful notation of the melodies he heard and then transcribe them into Western notation when he returned home. He also made recordings of the folk songs using a Edison wax cylinder recorder. These recordings were an important addition to his collection, as they captures the performative aspects of the music that could not be notated on paper.

Bartók was interested in more than just the melodies of folk songs; he also wanted to know how they were performed and what they meant to the people who sang them. He would interview singers about their songs, asking questions about the lyrics, the origins of the melody, and how the song was used in everyday life. He also took photographs of the singers and their surroundings, which provide valuable visual documentation of Hungary’s traditional culture.


Bartók was an active musician in collecting and analyzing Hungarian folk music. He used several different ethnographic methods to collect his data, which included direct observation, interviews, and written documentation. He also recorded folk songs and dances to study their form and structure. Bartók’s ethnomusicological methods were instrumental in helping him understand the music of the Hungarian people.

Bartók’s Legacy

Bartók was not only a renowned composer, but also an ethnomusicologist. He is credited with collecting over 3,000 Hungarian folk songs. Bartók was also interested in the music of other countries and collected folk songs from Romania, Slovakia, and Croatia. In addition to collecting folk songs, Bartók also analyzed them.

The Bartók Archive

Bartók’s Legacy: The Bartók Archive is a musical archive of manuscripts, letters, records, and other documents relating to the life and work of Hungarian composer Béla Bartók.

The archive was founded in 2002 by the Hungarian Heritage House in Budapest and is now housed at the University of Pittsburgh. The archive consists of over 200 items, including Bartók’s personal copy of his Mikrokosmos, which he used for analyzing Hungarian folk music.

Other items in the archive include letters between Bartók and his wife Ditta Pásztory-Bartók, as well as correspondence with other musicians active in collecting and analyzing Hungarian folk music, such as Zoltán Kodály. The archive also includes records of Bartók’s fieldwork in Hungary and Romania, as well as copies of his published articles on folk music.

The Bartók Museum

Béla Bartók’s compositions rank among the most profound and beautiful music ever written, yet his name is often associated only with Hungarian music and folk songs. In addition to being one of the great masters of 20th-century music, Bartók was also a dedicated folklorist who did much to preserve the musical heritage of Hungary and other eastern European countries. Bartók’s work as a folklorist was not limited to collecting and analyzing Hungarian folk songs; he was also active in recording and preserving the music of Romania, Slovakia, Balkan countries, and even North America. The Bartók Museum in Budapest is a fitting tribute to this great composer and ethnographer.

The museum is located in Bartók’s former home on Nádor utca in Pest. The building itself is rather unassuming, but inside is a treasure trove of artifacts that give insight into Bartók’s life and work. On display are copies of manuscripts and first editions of his compositions, as well as photographs, personal letters, and other memorabilia. The museum also has an extensive collection of folk instruments from Hungary and other parts of eastern Europe.

Visiting the Bartók Museum is a must for any fan of the composer’s music. The museum offers a rare opportunity to see some of his original manuscripts up close, as well as to learn more about his work as an ethnographer.

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