The building of the RCH Institute for Musicology will be closed between November 1, 2022 and March 31, 2023 due to technical reasons. The staff of the Institute can be reached by email. Thank you for your understanding!


This closure only concerns the Institute itself, the Museum of Music History is still open from 10:00 to 16:00 every day, except for Mondays.

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A temporary exhibition in the 2nd room of the Museum of Music History

organised by

the Bartók Archives
and the Museum of Music History of the
Institute for Musicology,
Research Centre for the Humanities,
Hungarian Academy of Sciences


Flyer of the Exhibition >


“Above all, I am thinking of his playing, of its nervous, sinuous, rhythmic resilience. Of the lyricism that he evoked in Evening in the Country, of the humor of his rubato in Un peu gris . . . ” – Joseph Szigeti

Based on original photographs, manuscripts and printed documents, the exhibition approaches the role of the piano in the life and art of composer, pianist and ethnomusicologist Béla Bartók (1881–1945). It presents a piano oeuvre unique among the leading musical innovators of the first half of the twentieth century. The child’s first piano lessons are conjured up just like the revered piano professor who also created some of the most lasting pedagogical works of the period, the For Children series (1908–11) and the Mikrokosmos (1932–39). But the conscientious editor of classical works by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven appears as much as the concert soloist and chamber music partner. The exhibition further emphasizes the decisive influence coming from rural musical folklore, especially instrumental folk music, without neglecting Bartók’s role as an advocate of contemporary avant-garde music.



Exhibition Opening - Photos by László Gombos >

Exhibition Opening - Photos by Barnabás Manó Kukár >




László Vikárius 

Virág Büky 


In cooperation with:
Anna Baranyi 
Péter Gerő 

and the Staff of the 

Bartók Archives and the
Museum of Music History



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Bartók Year 2016


 Ministry of Human Resources, 



 Hungarian Academy of Sciences


 Institute of Musicology,
Research Centre for the Humanities,
Hungarian Academy of Sciences