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A Compromised Composer: Bartók's Music and Western Europe's Fresh Start

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/9780520249653.003.0002
A Compromised Composer: Bartók's Music and Western Europe's Fresh Start

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In Western Europe the most influential modernist musicians soon began to see Bartók's music as an artistic dead end, and instead favored Webern's twelve-tone works and the serial techniques derived from them. This chapter discusses this explicit rejection of Bartók as a model for new compositions in the West, some of the arguments about whose music took place across the East–West divide, by radio or in published essays.

Keywords: modernist musicians; Bartók's music; Webern; twelve-tone works; East–West divide; Western Europe

Chapter.  9502 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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