The building of the RCH Institute for Musicology will be closed between November 1, 2022 and March 31, 2023 due to technical reasons. The staff of the Institute can be reached by email. Thank you for your understanding!


This closure only concerns the Institute itself, the Museum of Music History is still open from 10:00 to 16:00 every day, except for Mondays.



1. Manuscripts of compositions: ca. 100 manuscripts, 30 corrected proofs of first editions, furthermore corrected printed copies, MS orchestral parts, etc.; in detail see Somfai, Béla Bartók: Composition, Concepts, and Autograph Sources (cf. Publications)

2. Folk-music collections: (a) phonograph cylinders of the Arabic collection; (b) manuscripts of the transcriptions of Bartók’s Rumanian, Arabic, Turkish collections, and of the gramophone recordings of Hungarian folk music; (c) printed collections with Bartók’s annotations
N.B. For transcriptions and recordings of the folksongs in the Bartók-System click here.

3. Ethnomusicological studies: drafts, manuscripts, corrected proofs of Bartók’s books and studies

4. Manuscripts of Bartók’s essays and articles

5. Bartók’s correspondence (original and photocopies)

6. Bartók’s library: (a) books; (b) periodicals; (c) printed music (NB: substantial parts of the library are kept in the collections of the Bartók heirs)

7. Miscellany: programs, newspaper clippings, photos, and miscellaneous papers

8. Bartók reference library: (a) books; (b) printed music (from first editions to recent editions); (c) recordings; (d) dissertations