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Bartok and His World : Bard Music Festival - Peter Laki

Bartok and His World

Bard Music Festival

By: Peter Laki (Editor)

Paperback Published: 27th August 1995
ISBN: 9780691006338
Number Of Pages: 250

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Bela Bartok, 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. Bartok 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 Bartok in a large historical and cultural context. Laszlo Somfai reports on the catalog of Bartok's works that is currently in progress. Peter Laki shows the extremes of the composer's reception in Hungary, while Tibor Tallian surveys the often mixed reviews from the American years. The essays of Carl Leafstedt and Vera Lampert deal with his librettists Bela Balazs and Melchior Lengyel respectively. David Schneider addresses the artistic relationship between Bartok and Stravinsky.

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

"Adds important material to the slim library of English-language studies of Bartok's achievements."--The New York Times

Out of Hungary: Bartok, Modernism, and the Cultural Politics of Twentieth-Century Musicp. 3
Why Is a Bartok Thematic Catalog Sorely Needed?p. 64
The Gallows and the Altar: Poetic Criticism and Critical Poetry about Bartok in Hungaryp. 79
Bartok's Reception in America, 1940-1945p. 101
Bluebeard as Theater: The Influence of Maeterlinck and Hebbel on Balazs's Bluebeard Dramap. 119
The Miraculous Mandarin: Melchior Lengyel, His Pantomime, and His Connections to Bela Bartokp. 149
Bartok and Stravinsky: Respect, Competition, Influence, and the Hungarian Reaction to Modernism in the 1920sp. 172
Travel Reports from Three Continents: A Selection of Letters from Bela Bartokp. 203
Bela Bartok: An Interviewp. 228
A Conversation with Bela Bartokp. 235
Recollections of Bela Bartokp. 243
A Change in Stylep. 276
Bartok's Third String Quartetp. 278
Bartok's Foreign Tourp. 282
Two Bartok Obituariesp. 290
A Selection of Poems Inspiredp. 296
Index of Names and Compositionsp. 307
List of Contributorsp. 313
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ISBN: 9780691006338
ISBN-10: 0691006334
Series: Bard Music Festival
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 250
Published: 27th August 1995
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.47