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Bartók's Concerto for Orchestra and the Demise of Hungary's “Third Road”

Danielle Fosler-Lussier

in Music Divided

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2007 | ISBN: 9780520249653
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520933392 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520249653.003.0001
Bartók's Concerto for Orchestra and the Demise of Hungary's “Third Road”

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In the postwar era, the problem of identity in Hungarian music became even more complex. This chapter notes that the Communist regime in Hungary had to balance its desire for a specifically Hungarian art music, in which Bartók's legacy would certainly play a role against its desire to root out modernism. It shows how, as a result of conflicting aims, Bartók became central to the debates about musical style that accompanied Hungary's transition to Soviet-style socialism between 1945 and 1950.

Keywords: Hungary; Hungarian art music; modernism; Soviet-style socialism; Bartók

Chapter.  9022 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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