Bartók and His Publics: Defining the “Modern Classic”

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:
Bartók and His Publics: Defining the “Modern Classic”

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The need to specify and defend different musical values was merely a by-product of cold war competitiveness, but it drove both Eastern and Western theories of art in peculiar directions. This chapter examines the ways in which standards of value were applied to Bartók's music in the United States and Western Europe. While some musical leaders tried to make modernist music accessible to the public through education, others tried, for ideological reasons, to keep the public at bay. These contradictory impulses affected not only the marketing of Bartók's music and other modernist masterworks, but also the criteria by which the music's value came to be judged.

Keywords: cold war competitiveness; musical values; United States; Western Europe; Bartók's music

Chapter.  9601 words. 

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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