Bela Bartok - String Quartet No. 4 & 5 - C 7644 - (Condition - 85-90) - 78 RPM

Béla Viktor János Bartók (25 March 1881 – 26 September 1945) was a Hungarian composer and pianist. He is considered one of the most important composers of the 20th century; he and Liszt are regarded as Hungary's greatest composers (Gillies 2001). Through his collection and analytical study of folk music, he was one of the founders of comparative musicology, which later became ethnomusicology.

Béla Bartók was born in the small Banatian town of Nagyszentmiklós in the Kingdom of Hungary, Austria-Hungary (since 1920 Sânnicolau Mare, Romania) on 25 March 1881. Bartók had a diverse ancestry. On his father's side, the Bartók family was a Hungarian lower noble family, originating from Borsodszirák, Borsod county (Móser 2006a, 44), although his father's mother was of a Roman Catholic Serbian family (Bayley 2001, 16). Béla Bartók's mother, Paula (born Paula Voit), was an ethnic German, though she spoke Hungarian fluently (Bayley 2001, 16). Béla displayed notable musical talent very early in life: according to his mother, he could distinguish between different dance rhythms that she played on the piano before he learned to speak in complete sentences (Gillies 1990, 6). By the age of four he was able to play 40 pieces on the piano and his mother began formally teaching him the next year.

The String Quartet No. 4 by Béla Bartók was written from July to September 1928 in Budapest. It is one of six string quartets by Bartok. This work, like the String Quartet No. 5, and several other pieces by Bartók, exhibits an "arch" structure The first movement is thematically related to the last, and the second to the fourth with the third movement standing alone. Also, the outer four movements feature rhythmic sforzandos that cyclically tie them together in terms of climactic areas. The quartet shares a similar harmonic language to that of the String Quartet No. 3, and as with that work, it has been suggested that Bartók was influenced in his writing by Alban Berg's Lyric Suite (1926) which he had heard in 1927. The quartet employs a number of extended instrumental techniques. For the whole of the second movement all four instruments play with mutes, while the entire fourth movement features pizzicato. In the third movement, Bartók sometimes indicates held notes to be played without vibrato, and in various places he asks for glissandi (sliding from one note to another) and so-called Bartók pizzicati (a pizzicato where the string rebounds against the instrument's fingerboard). The work is dedicated to the Pro Arte Quartet but its first public performance was given by the Waldbauer-Kerpely Quartet in Budapest on March 20, 1929. It was first published in the same year by Universal Edition. A study of the manuscript sources, as published by László Somfai finds that Bartók originally intended the quartet to have four movements, not five.

Record Details


Bela Bartok - String Quartet No. 4 & 5 - C 7644


Zollan Skokely, Alexandre Moskowsky, Zenee Koromzay & Vilmos Paloni


Bela Bartok


Western Instrumental





Made In



The Gramophone Co. Ltd.

Serial No

C 7644

Side One

  • 2nd Movement (Part 2) Adagio Molto-Hungarian Quartet

Side Two


  • 3rd Movement-Scherzo-Hungarian Quartet





12 Inches


78 RPM

Record Condition


Cover Condition


Artist - 1 Zollan Skokely
Artist - 2 Alexandre Moskowsky
Artist - 3 Zenee Koromzay
Artist - 4 Vilmos Paloni
Lyrics - 1 Bela Bartok
Record Details
Genre Western Instrumental
Label HMV
Language English
Size 12 Inches
Speed 78 RPM
Side1 - Song1 2nd Movement (Part 2) Adagio Molto-Hungarian Quartet
Side2 - Song1 3rd Movement-Scherzo-Hungarian Quartet

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Bela Bartok - String Quartet No. 4 & 5 - C 7644 - (Condition - 85-90) - 78 RPM

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