Kéler Béla (1820-1882) had an interesting career which included turns as a law student, farmer, violinist, composer, and conductor. Born in Hungary, Kéler spent much of his musical career in Austria and Germany, but remained a Hungarian patriot at heart. The csárdás, a Hungarian folk dance, was a form favored by the composer, and while many today may not be familiar with Kéler’s name, they may be familiar with his op. 31 Csárdás Bártfai Emlek. This piece was used as the basis for Brahms’s 5th Hungarian Dance, and comparing the piano, 4 hands versions of both compositions shows them to be strikingly similar.