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Suchoff-Antokoletz collection of Bartokiana

Identifier: B12

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Scope and Contents

This collection contains research, manuscripts, interviews, articles, and letters concerning composer Béla Bartók (1881–1945), as collected by Dr. Benjamin Suchoff and Dr. Elliott Antokoletz. The collection features 25 boxes of selected works of the composer and includes analyses by Dr. Suchoff as well as full manuscripts of certain works with sheet music. Also contained within the collection are miscellaneous papers and documents pertaining to the Estate of Béla Bartók and Dr. Suchoff’s personal papers from his time as Trustee to the Estate after the death of the former Trustee, Viktor Bader. Finally, the collection contains the lecture notes and recordings of Dr. Elliott Antokoletz's work on Béla Bartók and his research for his book Musical Symbolism in the Operas of Debussy and Bartók.


  • Created: 1945 - 2001
  • Other: Date acquired: 07/25/2001


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Biographical or Historical Information

Dr. Benjamin Suchoff (1918-2011) attended Cornell University, Julliard School of Music, and received a doctorate from New York University. During World War II, he served in the United States Army, enlisting in 1941 as a private. He was an accomplished pianist in both classical and jazz. He went on to become Professor of Ethnomusicology at UCLA and a recognized world authority on composer Béla Bartók, for whose estate he served as a curator and trustee. He has written numerous books and articles on Béla Bartók, as well as on topics in Ethnomusicology. He died in Palm Beach, Florida in March of 2011. Obituary, Palm Beach Post, March 15, 2011.

Note written by Kevin Arms, 2013


24.16 Linear Feet

57 boxes

Language of Materials



A collection of research and other documents concerning composer Béla Bartók (1881-1945).

Arrangement Note

The collection is arranged in series by subject: 1.  Bartók Estate Records 2.  Suchoff Research on Bartók 3.  Works of Béla Bartók 4.  Antokoletz Research on Bartók

Source of Acquisition

Benjamin Suchoff

Method of Acquisition


Related Materials

Antokoletz, Elliott, and Paolo Susanni. Béla Bartók: A Research and Information Guide. New York: Routledge, 2011. Internet resource.

Related Publications

Antokoletz, Elliott. Rhythmic Form in Three of Bartók's String Quartets. , 1970. Print. Antokoletz, Elliott. Principles of Pitch Organization in Bartók's Fourth String Quartet. , 1980. Print. Antokoletz, Elliott. Béla Bartók: A Guide to Research. New York: Garland Pub, 1988. Print. Antokoletz, Elliott. The Music of Béla Bartók: A Study of Tonality and Progression in Twentieth-Century Music. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1989. Print. Bartók, Béla, and Benjamin Suchoff. Béla Bartók Essays. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1993. Print. Suchoff, Benjamin. Béla Bartók and a Guide to the Mikrokosmos. , 1956. Print. Suchoff, Benjamin. Bartók, Concerto for Orchestra: Understanding Bartók's World. New York: Schirmer Books, 1995. Print. Suchoff, Benjamin. Béla Bartók: Life and Work. Lanham, Md: Scarecrow Press, 2001. Print Suchoff, Benjamin. Béla Bartók: A Celebration. Lanham, Md: Scarecrow Press, 2004. Print. Suchoff, Benjamin. Background and Sources of Bartók's Concerto for Orchestra. Frankfurt-am-Main: Peter Lang, 2006. Print.

Benjamin Suchoff collection of Bartokiana
Kevin Arms, 2013
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