Retracing BARTÓK 2022

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Piața Unirii 1, Timișoara 300085, Romania


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Re-imagining the Bartók collected folk songs of Banat & Transylvania

24 ____ 30 OCT. 2022 / Timisoara

Retracing BARTÓK is a multidisciplinary project of cultural archaeology conceived to give a contemporary and cosmopolitan twist to the extraordinary richness of the Romanian folk music recorded by Béla Bartók at the beginning of the 20th century.
From its very beginning, Retracing BARTÓK sought to bring together research, original jazz and electronic music commissions rooted in the field recordings, and a multimedia exhibition that delves into the breadth of cultural heritage brought to life by the Hungarian ethnomusicologist.
The project was especially tailored for the Timisoara European Capital of Culture programme in order to reconnect the contemporary audiences with the legacy of Béla Bartók and make better known his love for the music from this part of the world.
The initiative is curated by New York based pianist Lucian Ban & american violist Mat Maneri together with Jazz Updates.


Béla Bartók
(b. March 25 1881, Sânnicolau Mare, Timiș county, România - d. September 26 1945, New York)
One of the most remarkable composers and ethnomusicologists of the 20th century, Béla Bartók was born into a family of teachers on March 25, 1881, in the town of Sânnicolau Mare. Here he lived the first seven years of his life, and it is here that he vibrated for the first time to the sound of the piano, and it is here that he became acquainted with fiddle music. The first concert of the amateur orchestra in his hometown was a memorable episode of his discovery of classical music. The difficulties that followed the untimely death of his father coincided with the years of primary education and pilgrimages to schools in Seleușul Mare, Oradea, Bistrița and, finally, in Bratislava, where his teacher was Erkel Laszlo, son of the composer Erkel Ferenc and a former student of Franz Liszt.
His first concerts were met with enthusiasm by the members of the press who considered him a "promising genius".
In 1899, the young Bartók enrolled at the Budapest Academy of Music, where he studied piano and composition, attracted mainly by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann and Liszt, and later by Wagner and R. Strauss. Two years after graduating, in 1905, he traveled to Paris, a city whose cultural vibrancy would influence his entire philosophy of life and worldview and, implicitly, his entire artistic creation. In Paris, Bartók got acquainted with the innovations of Debussy's music, reconsidered his conceptions of popular melody, and discovered his own path.
His destiny as a progressive artist, in search of his personal style and an original language, will take him on different continents, in laborious journeys in search of the roots of music. For the first time, in 1906, he made his first expedition to the areas of northern Hungary, which resulted in a collection prefaced by Zoltan Kodaly and entitled 20 Hungarian folk songs. There followed an intense period of field recordings and scientific systematization of Slovak, Romanian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian, Turkish and Arabic folklore, Bartók's study trips extending to North Africa, Anatolia and Lapland.
A special place in Béla Bartók's biography is occupied by the exploration of Romanian folk music and the connection with Romanian musicians. For example, in 1924, Bartók received the "George Enescu" Prize for composition and became a member of the Society of Romanian Composers. On this occasion, a concert dedicated exclusively to his works was organized, and Enescu played his Second Sonata, accompanied on piano by the composer. In the same year, Béla Bartók was decorated by the King of Romania Ferdinand I with the "Bene Merenti" order, first class.

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Proiect finanţat de Consiliul Județean Timiș, prin programul TimCultura 2022