Tradition Maintained

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 Maintained

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This chapter analyzes Béla Bartók's nationalism in the context of some of his compositions. It suggests that Bartók's symphonic poem Kossuth and his Rhapsody for Piano represent two contrasting approaches to bridging the gap between Hungarian idioms and learned compositional techniques. It explains that Bartók incorporated Hungarian elements in Kossuth while he took the nearly opposite approach in Rhapsody by infusing a traditionally light, nationally inflected showpiece, with the weighty rhetoric more closely associated with foreign forms.

Keywords: Béla Bartók; nationalism; Kossuth; symphonic poem; Rhapsody for Piano; Hungarian idioms; compositional techniques

Chapter.  15369 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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