Exploring Music Playlist: The Quartets of Béla Bartók
Exploring Music Playlist: The Quartets of Béla Bartók

May 20th, 2024

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In response to listeners’ interest in 20th-century music, we will present a week analysing Béla Bartók’s six string quartets. The first quartet was published in 1909 and the last in 1939, and these works are now considered an essential part of our musical heritage. We will hear performances from many different quartets, including the Juilliard String Quartet, who performed them while the ink was still wet on the page. Bill complements these quartets by surrounding them with his favourite moments from Bartók’s ballet and orchestral works.