Béla Bartók Quote

Our peasant music, naturally, is invariably tonal, if not always in the sense that the inflexible major and minor system is tonal. (An "atonal" folk-music, in my opinion, is unthinkable.) Since we depend upon a tonal basis of this kind in our creative work, it is quite self-evident that our works are quite pronouncedly tonal in type. I must admit, however, that there was a time when I thought I was approaching a species of twelve-tone music. Yet even in works of that period the absolute tonal foundation is unmistakable.


"The Folk Songs of Hungary" in Pro Musica VII (October 1928)

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Our peasant music, naturally, is invariably tonal, if not always in the sense that the inflexible major and minor system is tonal. (An atonal...

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Our peasant music, naturally, is invariably tonal, if not always in the sense that the inflexible major and minor system is tonal. (An atonal...

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Our peasant music, naturally, is invariably tonal, if not always in the sense that the inflexible major and minor system is tonal. (An atonal...

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Our peasant music, naturally, is invariably tonal, if not always in the sense that the inflexible major and minor system is tonal. (An atonal...