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Béla Bartók$
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David Cooper

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780300148770

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300148770.001.0001

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‘Sweet was my mother’s milk’

‘Sweet was my mother’s milk’


(p.1) Chapter One ‘Sweet was my mother’s milk’
Béla Bartók

David Cooper

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on Béla Bartók's early life from his birth in 1881 up to the year 1902. Bartók was born on March 25, 1881 in Nagyszentmiklós (Great Saint Nicholas) in Torontál County, Hungary. He was the seventh of eleven children born to János and his wife Matild (née Ronkovics). The Bartók family name derives from Bartalan or Bertalan, the Hungarian form of Bartholomew, and the composer's ancestry can be traced over the previous five generations from the far north to the deep south of the country. This chapter considers Bartók's interest in music at a young age, as well as his health problems, especially symptoms of Asperger syndrome. It also discusses Bartók's early education and compositions.

Keywords:   education, Béla Bartók, Hungary, music, health, Asperger syndrome, compositions

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