Béla Bartók

Bartok was born in the Hungarian town of Sînnicolau Mare in Romania on March 25, 1881. He died on September 26, 1945. Bartok was born during the Contemporary period. Bartok was considered one of the best composers in Hungary during the 20th century. Bartok was a small and sickly child. At age four, he could already play 40 different piano pieces. Bartok had a severe case of eczema up until the age of five. When Bartok was seven years old, his father suddenly died. After that incident, Bartok’s mother took him and his sister to live in Vinogradiv, Ukraine. A few years after they moved, Bartok’s mother took him and his sister to Bratislava, Slovakia. At age eleven, Bartok had his first public recital. Among the pieces that Bartok played, one of them was his own composition. The composition was written by Bartok two years ago. The name of the song is, The Course of the Danube. Bartok’s family was not musical. His father was considered thoroughly Hungarian because he was from a noble Hungarian family. Bartok’s mother was ethnically of mixed Hungarian origin. Bartok studied music from 1899 to 1903. His teacher was Istvan Thoman. Some important events during Bartok’s lifetime were World War I, and World War II. Bartok composed many pieces such as Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta, The Wooden Prince, And Bluebeard’s Castle. 3 important inventions during Bartok’s lifetime were wind power in 1888, the tank in 1915, and ballpoint pen in 1938. Chester A. Arthur was president when Bartok was born. Harry S. Truman was president when Bartok died. Bartok died on September 26, 1945 in New York City. San Jose was 104 years old when Bartok was born. San Jose was 168 years old when he died.

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