AT THE FRONTIERS OF CLASSICAL MUSIC
Inspired by popular melodies
Since the end of the 19th century and throughout the 20th century, classical music has incorporated tradition and popular melodies.
Brahms was inspired by the sailors' songs he heard in the cabarets of the port of Hamburg. Liszt sometimes used traditional Hungarian music as a starting point for his compositions. The revolution came thanks to the quasi-ethnological work of Bartok and Kodaly who undertook to record and archive all the traditional songs of their regions to incorporate them into their music.