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“Bartók Is Ours”: The Voice of America and Hungarian Control over Bartók's Legacy

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/9780520249653.003.0003
“Bartók Is Ours”: The Voice of America and Hungarian Control over Bartók's Legacy

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This chapter notes that Bartók even became the subject of a propaganda battle between the governments of the United States and Hungary. The issues raised, the points fought, and the local repercussions of these arguments can tell people much about the development of musical values during these years. Most Hungarian composers resisted official denunciations of Bartók, at least to some extent; the broadcasts exacerbated tensions already present among composers and between composers and bureaucrats.

Keywords: propaganda battle; Bartók; United States; Hungary; musical values; Hungarian composers

Chapter.  8786 words. 

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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