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Western composers from Haydn and Mozart to Brahms were irresistibly drawn to the folk music of Central Europe, infusing some of their most popular works with its infectious spirit. With Hungarian music’s own nationalist movement in the early twentieth century, Hungary—and especially its capital, Budapest—assumed even greater importance in the Western classical tradition. Ernő Dohnányi, one of the twentieth century’s most gifted and versatile musicians, was moreover the first elite Hungarian artist who chose to train at the Budapest Academy of Music rather than studying abroad. His countrymen Béla Bartók and Zoltán Kodály—the progenitors of a nationalist Hungarian compositional language—followed suit, establishing Budapest as the epicenter of Hungary’s musical culture. Concert Program VI features the work of these three giants of Hungarian music and their heir apparent, the modernist master György Ligeti.