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Beyond the Folk Song: Or, What Was Hungarian Socialist Realist Music?

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/9780520249653.003.0005
Beyond the Folk Song: Or, What Was Hungarian Socialist Realist Music?

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The Eastern European effort to define folk song as essential to musical value seemed monolithic and unilateral from the Western perspective. However, this chapter shows that Eastern discussions about folk song's role in the creation of art music reveal that there, too, it was difficult to articulate a coherent artistic standard which would perfectly match the political ideal. In both of these cases, Bartók's music serves as a lens through which local judgments about music can be seen in sharper focus.

Keywords: folk song; Bartók's music; art music; Eastern Europe

Chapter.  8637 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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