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Bartok & His World

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Béla Bartók, who died in New York fifty years ago this September, is one of the most frequently performed twentieth-century composers. He is also the subject of a rapidly growing critical and analytical literature. Bartók was born in Hungary and made his home there for all but his last five years, when he resided in the United States. As a result, many aspects of his life and work have been accessible only to readers of Hungarian. The main goal of this volume is to provide English-speaking audiences with new insights into the life and reception of this musician, especially in Hungary.

Part I begins with an essay by Leon Botstein that places Bartók in a large historical and cultural context. László Somfai reports on the catalog of Bartók's works that is currently in progress. Peter Laki shows the extremes of the composer's reception in Hungary, while Tibor Tallián surveys the often mixed reviews from the American years. The essays of Carl Leafstedt and Vera Lampert deal with his librettists Béla Balázs and Melchior Lengyel respectively. David Schneider addresses the artistic relationship between Bartók and Stravinsky.

Most of the letters and interviews in Part II concern Bartók's travels and emigration as they reflected on his personal life and artistic evolution. Part III presents early critical assessments of Bartók's work as well as literary and poetic responses to his music and personality.

Table of Contents

Out of Hungary: Bartok, Modernism, and the Cultural Politics of Twentieth-Century Music3
Why Is a Bartok Thematic Catalog Sorely Needed?64
The Gallows and the Altar: Poetic Criticism and Critical Poetry about Bartok in Hungary79
Bartok's Reception in America, 1940-1945101
Bluebeard as Theater: The Influence of Maeterlinck and Hebbel on Balazs's Bluebeard Drama119
The Miraculous Mandarin: Melchior Lengyel, His Pantomime, and His Connections to Bela Bartok149
Bartok and Stravinsky: Respect, Competition, Influence, and the Hungarian Reaction to Modernism in the 1920s172
Travel Reports from Three Continents: A Selection of Letters from Bela Bartok203
Bela Bartok: An Interview by Dezso Kosztolanyi228
A Conversation with Bela Bartok235
Recollections of Bela Bartok243
A Change in Style276
Bartok's Third String Quartet278
Bartok's Foreign Tour282
Two Bartok Obituaries290
A Selection of Poems Inspired by Bela Bartok296
Index of Names and Compositions307
List of Contributors313

Product Details

Laki, Peter
Princeton University Press
History & Criticism - By Composer
Bartok, bela, 1881-1945
Bartok, Bela
History & Criticism *
Comparative Literature
Bard Music Festival Hardcover
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6 halftones, 13 music exs.
9 x 6 in

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Arts and Entertainment » Music » Genres and Styles » Classical » Biographies

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