When Bartok was five, his father died, and Bartok began to live a nomadic life with his mother, who struggled to earn a living. Bartok fell in love with the folk music of the rural villages of Hungary as he grew up, music that was largely unknown to the outside world. It was this music that he traveled to record later in his life and which formed the basis of his compositions.
Schwarz uses musical excerpts from The Miraculous Mandarin to demonstrate Bartok's use of harmonic fourths and Concerto for Orchestra, Bartok's most popular orchestral composition and one of the most familiar of all his works.
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