Tradition Rejected

David E. Schneider

in Bartók, Hungary, and the Renewal of Tradition

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2006 | ISBN: 9780520245037
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520932050 | DOI:
Tradition Rejected

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This chapter examines Béla Bartók's polemics relevant to nineteenth-century Hungarian musical inheritance. It discusses Bartók's synthesis of foreign and native traditions into a national style. It suggests that it was the gentry's popular musical culture that Bartók and his composer and folklorist friend Zoltán Kodály tried to write out of their musical heritage because they believed that that music was at once more artificial than the traditional music of the peasants, and less artful than art music.

Keywords: Béla Bartók; Hungarian music; musical inheritance; nationalist composers; Zoltán Kodály; musical culture; traditional music

Chapter.  9073 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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