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At a Glance
Selected materials cataloged; remainder arranged.
The collection consists of three manuscripts by Bela Bartok, 1940-1943. These manuscripts totalling approximately 2,170 pages are as follows: 1) Romanian Folk Music - Vol. 1 Instrumental Melodies, Vol. 2 Vocal Melodies, Vol. 3 Texts; 2) Turkish Folk Music; and 3) Serbo-Croatian Table of Materials. Also, a small group of letters by Bartók and other concerning his association with Columbia University.
Rumanian Folk Music manuscripts consist of "Volume I, an essay on instrumental melodies, and Volume II, on vocal melodies, were completed in New York in 1942. The third volume, the complete poetic texts, was finished in March of 1945, also in that city, not quite six months prior to Bartok's death." Source: Suchoff, Benjamin. Bartók's Rumanian Folk Music Publication. Ethnomusicology , May, 1971, Vol. 15, No. 2 (May, 1971), pp. 220-230
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Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Béla Bartók manuscripts; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
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Alternate Form Available
Turkish Folk Music and Rumanian Folk Music are on: microfilm.
Ownership and Custodial History
Gift of Béla Bartók, 1943. Transferred from Central Files, 1981.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Source of acquisition--Bartók, Béla. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--1940. Accession number--M43.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
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Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 04/03/89.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical