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Bartók in the Desert: The Art of Irén Marik



Bartok in the DesertIren was my grandmother’s partner, and they lived together for the last thirty years of my grandmother’s life. I grew up listening to her practicing, which for any less accomplished pianist would have been a concert performance. Arbiter Records has begun issuing compliations of her performances, and the liner notes to the first CD (Bartok in the Desert) give a succinct account of Iren’s life.


I wish Gran and Iren were still in Independence, giving their monthly soirees. I would walk there every step of the way if I knew they’d be waiting for me when I got there.

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Author: infmom

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  1. You’re most welcome. I hope you enjoy the music, too.

  2. Thank you for introducing me to such a beautiful story.

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