The “Bartók Question” and the Politics of Dissent: The Case of András Mihály

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:
The “Bartók Question” and the Politics of Dissent: The Case of András Mihály

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In studying his music's reception, this chapter notes what it meant to certain of its audiences, and these meanings have a curious way of lingering with the works to which they pertain. The rejection of Bartók's late works by modernists in the West, for instance, persists as an undercurrent of ambivalence about these sounds among music students and scholars. The most telling example, though, is the enduring association between dissonance and dissent that was forged by arguments over Bartók's legacy in Hungary. The discussion examines this association by focusing on the personal circumstances of one composer, András Mihály, whose career was shaped by the political battles around Bartók's music.

Keywords: music students; Bartók's music; András Mihály; Hungary

Chapter.  11284 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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