Donald Maurice

in Bartók's Viola Concerto

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780195156904
Published online May 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780199868339 | DOI:

Series: Studies in Musical Genesis and Structure


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This chapter discusses the circumstances in New York in which Béla and Ditta Bartók lived, including health issues, the process of the viola concerto commission from William Primrose, the period of composition, influences in the work, and a description of the actual manuscript. It also places the concerto into context with other works of the American period. Tibor Serly's recollection of the events leading to the composer's death is revealed, as written in a later article. Attention is drawn to the possibility that there is Scottish influence “hidden” in the work and this chapter speculates on where this is and whether the melody of The Wife She Brewed It may be its origin.

Keywords: New York; Ditta Bartók; Bartók's health; Primrose; American period; Scottish influence; The Wife She Brewed It

Chapter.  11530 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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