I agree. I also feel similarly regarding another piece written for Benny Goodman; Stravinsky`s Ebony Concerto. With Bartok, my respect and awe is such that I sometimes feel like maybe I`m missing something and eventually I`ll understand more deeply and come around to it. His Divertimento initially (several decades ago) took me sometime to come to a deeper appreciation of. Now I definitely have a much deeper appreciation/feeling for that piece. With Stravinsky, in some ways actually the opposite is true. I was initially(again several decades ago) very much drawn to many of his so-called neoclassical works. Now I find them less interesting to my palette. Still I still treasure Stravinsky`s music as well; including many pieces of his which are far from fashionable (Agon for example) these days. All things aside, I`ve never been a "hero" kind of guy but Bartok (both as a musician and human being) has definitely been a most heroic figure in my life. EDIT: After re-reading this, I feel I may must clarify;I personally feel that a weaker piece of Bartok or Stravinsky is still most always "superior" to a stronger piece of most other composers.