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Bartay, Ede

Bartay, Ede

Bartay, Ede, Hungarian folk-song collector, son of Andreas Bartay; b. Pest, Oct. 6, 1825; d. Budapest, Aug. 31, 1901. He studied law and music and was for many years a practicing piano teacher. In 1876 he was appointed director of the National Cons, in Budapest, a post which he held until his death. In 1863 he founded the Hungarian Pension Fund for Musicians. Like his father, he was a Hungarian patriot. After the defeat of the Hungarian Revolution of 1848 he remained in Budapest, dedicating himself to collecting authentic Hungarian folk songs and dances. He also wrote a Sym., the overture Pericles, and many piano pieces.

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire

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