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Bla Bartk Mast Of Music and Music Lit 1000MWF Bla Bartk was born in 1881 in Greater Hungary With the title of the greatest Hungarian composer he is considered one of the most significant musicians of the twentieth century He shared with his friend Zoltn Kodly another leading Hungarian composer a passion for ethnomusicology His music was invigorated by the themes modes and rhythmic patterns of the Hungarian and other folk music traditions he studied which he synthesized with influences from his contemporaries into his own distinctive style Bartk grew up in the Greater Hungary of the Austro-Hungarian Empire which was partitioned by the Treaty of Trianon after World War I His birthplace Nagyszentmikls Great St Nicholas became Snnicolau Mare Romania After his father died in 1888 Blas mother Paula took her family to live in Nagyazlls later known as Vinogradov Ukraine and then to Pozsony or Bratislava in her native Slovakia When Czechoslovakia was created Bla and his mother found themselves on opposite sides of a border A smallpox inoculation gave the infant Bla a rash that persisted until he was five years old Because of this he spent his early years in isolation from other children often listening to his mother playing the piano Bla showed precocious musical ability and began to compose dances at the age of nine The frequent moves of the family were motivated in part by Paula Bartks desire to obtain the best possible musical instruction for her son At Pozsony Bartk studied piano under distinguished teachers He taught himself composition by reading scores copies of a musical composition in written or printed notation Under the influence of composer Ern Dohnnyi four years ahead of him in his school teenage Bartk
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