Béla Bartók  

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“We seem to stand, in regard to a theory of culture, where Bartok's Judith stands when she asks to open the last door on the night.” --epigraph to In Bluebeard's Castle by George Steiner

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

Béla Viktor János Bartók (March 25 1881September 26 1945) was a Hungarian composer, pianist and collector of folk music. He is considered one of the greatest composers of the 20th century and was also one of the founders of the field of ethnomusicology, through his analytical study and ethnography of folk music.

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