Bartók and His World
Princeton University Press, 1995 - Biography & Autobiography - 314 pages
B la Bart k, 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. Bart k 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 Bart k in a large historical and cultural context. L szl Somfai reports on the catalog of Bart k's works that is currently in progress. Peter Laki shows the extremes of the composer's reception in Hungary, while Tibor Talli n surveys the often mixed reviews from the American years. The essays of Carl Leafstedt and Vera Lampert deal with his librettists B la Bal zs and Melchior Lengyel respectively. David Schneider addresses the artistic relationship between Bart k and Stravinsky.
Most of the letters and interviews in Part II concern Bart k's travels and emigration as they reflected on his personal life and artistic evolution. Part III presents early critical assessments of Bart k's work as well as literary and poetic responses to his music and personality.
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Bartók Modernism and the Cultural Politics of TwentiethCentury Music
Why Is a Bartók Thematic Catalog Sorely Needed?
Poetic Criticism and Critical Poetry about Bartók in Hungary
Bartóks Reception in America 19401945
The Influence of Maeterlinck and Hebbel on Balazss Bluebeard Drama
Melchior Lengyel His Pantomime and His Connections to Bela Bartók
Respect Competition Influence and the Hungarian Reaction to Modernism in the 1920s
WRITING BY BARTÓK
WRITING BEFORE BARTÓK
Recollections of Bela Bartók
A Change in Style
Bartóks Third String Quartet
Bartóks Foreign Tour
Two Bartók Obituaries
A Selection of Poems Inspired by Béla Bartók
A Selection of Letters from Bela Bartók
An Interview by Dezsö Kosztolányi
List of Contributors