It is obvious that if there remains any hope for the survival of folk music [...] an artificial erection of Chinese walls to separate peoples from each other bodes no good for its development.
A complete separation from foreign influences means stagnation: well assimilated foreign impulses offer possibilities of enrichment. (Béla Bartók)
Béla Bartók was born today 135 years ago.
The quote above is taken from a text by the composer on “race purity in music” – read more on our MusikSalon.