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Béla Bartók and turn-of-the century Budapest

Author: Judit Frigyesi
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©1998
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Bartok's music is greatly prized by concertgoers, yet we know little about the intellectual milieu that gave rise to his artistry. Bartok is often seen as a lonely genius emerging from the gray background of an "underdeveloped country." Now Judit Frigyesi offers a broader perspective on Bartok's art by grounding it in the social and cultural life of turn-of-the-century Hungary and the intense creativity of its  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Sources
Named Person: Béla Bartók; Béla Bartók; Béla Bartók; Endre Ady; Béla Bartók; Béla Bartók; Béla Bartók; Endre Ady; Endre Ady; Béla Bartók; Béla Bartók; Endre Ady; Béla Bartók
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Judit Frigyesi
ISBN: 0520207408 9780520207400 0520222547 9780520222540
OCLC Number: 36900885
Description: x, 357 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: History and aesthetics. Organic artwork or communal style? : common problems, common tradition, and the Viennese response. Modernism outside the mainstream ; Folklorist debate ; The Romantic tradition of organicism ; Organicism as modernism ; Mass culture and the problem of style ; Modernism and the social context of Austrian art --
The historical and social contex of Hungarian modernism. Search for identity in a fragmented societ ; Emergence and status of a bourgeois middle class ; The backwardness of the political establishment ; Nationalism and the gentry ; "National" music : Verbunkos, Gypsy music, and Magyar nóta --
The romantic roots and political radicalism of Hungarian modernism. Nationalism and reform in the nineteenth century ; The power of logic and reason ; The power of poetry ; The birth of the radicalist and modernist movements ; The polarization of public life ; The discovery of peasant music ; The idealogical battle for Budapest ; Modernism as subculture --
Hungarian modernism and the organicist theory of art. Universal or national art ; Realism and the Hungarian modernist aesthetic ; The phenomena of life ; The aesthetic conceptualization of folk art ; Bartók's organicist folklorism ; Coherence and realism ; Art and morality --
The formation of Bartók's aesthetics. Folk music and the reflection of spirit and emotion ; The first piano concerto ; The road toward a new aesthetics ; Nietzsche and folk music ; The context for Bartók's aesthetics ; The theoretical parallel in the early works of György Lukács --
Ady's mystical symbolism. Ady's role in the hungarian radicalist modernist movement ; The ego as mirror of the universe ; Expanding symbolism ; A transcendental center ; Mysticism and devotion to life ; Ady and Bartók --
Loneliness and love : the literary context of Blubeard's castle. Communication and friendship ; Baláz's "mystery play" ; Loneliness in the Hungarian modernist experience ; The lonely soul : magic circle and mysterious landscape ; Circular motion as the paradigm of life ; Mystery of the other as the paradigm of love ; Woman as the metaphor for life ; Loneliness and longing for love ; The poetic idea of Bluebeard's castle --
Bartok's stylistic synthesis : the dramatic music of Bluebeard's castle and its antecedents. The new ideal of national music ; Coherence and folk style ; Voices for Judith and Bluebeard ; Sources of the orchestral material : Verbunkos and Pastorale ; Rhythmic variation in the new dramatic style ; Dramatic design and symbolism ; Expanding symbolism ; The musical mirror of the dramatic idea.
Responsibility: Judit Frigyesi.
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