Bela Bartok, a native Transylvanian, and his friend Zoltan Kodaly were two of the top classical composers of their generation, and prior to WWI traveled the Carpathian mountains for years collecting the folk music of the local gypsy tribes.
John Cage invented the Prepared Piano in 1938 when composing "Bacchanale" by placing screws, bolts, weather stripping, and small pieces of rubber in between the strings of the piano. The result sounds more like a percussion orchestra than a piano!
▶ Johannes Brahms - 3 Intermezzi, Op. 117 I opened theh program for my senior college recital with this trio of Intermezzi by Brahms. He and Rachmaninoff probably composed some of the deepest and most beautiful romantic era music ever written.