Tradition Transcribed

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 Transcribed

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This chapter discusses the influence of peasant music in Béla Bartók's compositions, particularly his First Rhapsody for violin and piano. It explains that by studying peasant music Bartók sought purity, a place free of the corruption of modern life in which aesthetic discussions often replaced artistic expression. He believed that the study of peasant music and peasant life created a vision that lent him strength to withstand the political storms that surrounded his work.

Keywords: Béla Bartók; peasant music; First Rhapsody; artistic expression; compositions

Chapter.  13051 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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