Bela Bartok rediscovered Modal scales from eastern Europe. Lydian, Phrygian, etc...

What I was wondering was.... was it the first time that these scales were rediscovered and went into mainstream classical music? and did Bela Bartok influenced Jazz music, especially with his modal scales? Miles Davis and Bill Evans comes into my mind in that regard.

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    I know that modern classical musicians that went to America from the hands of Nazis influenced Jazz music greatly. But as of Modal scales, I don't know.. – Victoria Jul 21 at 20:14
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    Adam Neely claims many jazz musicians have "great affinity" with Bartók, though he doesn't name anyone in particular: youtube.com/watch?v=YOcvPaFY9UE – Your Uncle Bob Jul 21 at 20:19
  • Oh, this video is so awesome! I'm watching it. – Victoria Jul 21 at 20:23
  • Would arranging or quoting folk songs that use modes count as them going "into mainstream classical music"? If so, then Gustav Holst and Ralph Vaughan Williams were both arranging English folk songs that use the Dorian mode for concert band within a decade of Bartok's work with Hungarian melodies. – Dekkadeci Jul 22 at 5:11

It is a way more complex question. Important question though! The short answer is yes of course. I'm currently working on my doctoral research on this topic.

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    We prefer more detailed answers here. If you're doing research, you should be able to come up with a really good explanation of why the answer is "yes". – PiedPiper Nov 1 at 11:08
  • I wish I could! I don't want to write banalities and and the correct answer is about 150 pages. I truly hope that after you finished my research I'll have the possibility to publish it in english as well. Great examples for Bartok's influence on jazz: Alex Goodman Quintet: Bridges. Connection Point Records, 2012. – András Párniczky Nov 2 at 12:17
  • Drew Gress: Jagged Sky. Soul Note, 121314-2, 1998. Lemon Juice: Peasant Songs. Piadrum Records, 0201, 2002. Modern Art Orchestra plays Béla Bartók: 15 Hungarian Peasant Songs. BMC, CD 265, 2018. Párniczky Quartet: Bartók Electrified. BMC, CD 260, 2018. Richie Beirach: Round About Bartók. ACT 9276-2, 2000. Szandai Mátyás – Lévy, Mathias – Lukács Miklós: Bartók impressions. BMC, CD 254, 2018 – András Párniczky Nov 2 at 12:31
  • Why don't you add those references to the answer? (Note that comments on StackExchange are non-permanent.) – leftaroundabout Nov 4 at 11:32

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