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By David Cooper

ISBN-10: 0300148771

ISBN-13: 9780300148770

This deeply researched biography of Béla Bartók (1881–1945) presents a extra finished view of the cutting edge Hungarian musician than ever earlier than. David Cooper strains Bartók’s overseas profession as an ardent ethno-musicologist and composer, instructor, and pianist, whereas additionally offering a close dialogue of such a lot of his works. extra, the writer explores how Europe’s political and cultural tumult affected Bartók’s paintings, shuttle, and reluctant emigration to the security of the USA in his ultimate years.
Cooper illuminates Bartók’s own existence and relationships, whereas additionally increasing what's recognized concerning the impact of alternative musicians—Richard Strauss, Zoltán Kodály, and Yehudi Menuhin, between many others. the writer additionally seems to be heavily at many of the composer’s activities and behaviors which could were manifestations of Asperger syndrome. The ebook, in brief, is a consummate biography of an across the world widespread musician.

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With the words: VI. ’ Kossuth tears himself away from these thoughts. He is resolved to win back by fighting [,] his natural right to freedom. VII. ’ – Kossuth’s summons to the Hungarian nation to fly to arms. The hero theme appears (F minor). Kossuth repeats his inspiriting call to the assembled hosts. The Army swears a solemn oath. Some moments of fateful silence. VIII. Then is heard the sound of the enemy’s host, approaching nearer and nearer. It is characterised by the motive of the Austrian hymn.

Bartók’s passionate mutilation of the Austrian national anthem, ‘Gott erhalte’, in the boldest section of the work demonstrated to the critic of Magyar Hírlap (Hungarian News) that he had the courage to say what he believed and that this was one of the great hopes of his talent. Bartók’s distortions of the ‘Gott erhalte’ had created something of a storm among some members of the orchestra, and according to a news item in Függetlenség (Independence) on 16 January 1904 titled ‘Politika a zenében’ (‘Politics in Music’), a number of Austrian players staged a demonstration during rehearsal of this section.

These include lieder to texts by Nikolaus Lenau (‘Diese Rose pflück ich hier’, in E# minor) and Friedrich Bodenstedt (‘Ich fühle deinen Odem’ from the Orientalist collection of poems Die Lieder der Mirza Schaffy, in E# major). While the Schumann of Frauenliebe und Leben exerts some stylistic influence, so too do Brahms, Wolf and Strauss. Mendelssohn, as part of his op. 71, had also set ‘Diese Rose pflück ich hier’, and it is conceivable that Bartók could have been aware of this version, though his own setting is considerably darker in tone.

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