[Ads-l] Quotation inquiry: Competitions are for horses, not for musicians

Dan Goncharoff thegonch at GMAIL.COM
Tue Oct 26 18:51:47 UTC 2021

I see many attributions in the early 60s that refer to artists instead of

On Tue, Oct 26, 2021 at 2:55 AM ADSGarson O'Toole <adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com>

> The saying in the subject line has been attributed to Hungarian
> composer Béla Bartók. I received a request to find a solid citation,
> but I have not succeeded, and your help is requested.
> The Quote Investigator article has a citation in English from "The New
> York Times" dated September 5, 1958, but Bartók died in 1945. Here is
> a link to the QI article:
> https://quoteinvestigator.com/2021/10/25/competition/
> A citation in Hungarian or English before 1958 would be helpful, and a
> citation directly from the mouth of Bartók would be fantastic.
> A Hungarian musicologist might know more. Perhaps you can relay this
> inquiry?
> In 1969 Hungarian violinist Joseph Szigeti published "Szigeti on the
> Violin". He attributed the saying to Bartók, and he suggested that the
> Hungarian word “verseny” was part of the expression.
> Thanks,
> Garson O'Toole
> QuoteInvestigator.com
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