Happy birthday, Bela Bartok

If you listen to nothing else here, at lend an ear at 1:57 of Violin Concerto No. 2 and hear the violin melody sampled on Dr Octagon’s, Blue Flowers. Absolutely beautiful.

These two solo performances from Ivry Gitlis are particularly dramatic

Bartok’s work as an ethnomusicologist, which greatly influenced his own compositions and helped distinguish him from his contemporaries, is traced in this fascinating documentary, The Miraculous Circumstance.