Béla Bartók on the streets of Oradea

'While Stravinsky, Schoenberg and even Stockhausen have all found devoted followers, Bartók is still (ask any marketer) a tough sell. Yet no modernist composer speaks more thrillingly, more boldly and more movingly. Once, that is, you’ve found the right key and turned it in the door.'


Richard Bratby found the key on the streets of Oradea, a lively Hungarian regional city that the young Bartók moved to in 1891. If you’ve yet to find yours, perhaps he can offer a few hints…

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