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David Cooper

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780300148770

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300148770.001.0001

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‘Stars, stars, brightly shine’

‘Stars, stars, brightly shine’


(p.276) Chapter Ten ‘Stars, stars, brightly shine’
Béla Bartók

David Cooper

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses Béla Bartók's concerts and other musical activities during the years 1936–1938. Bartók gave several performances of his Second Piano Concerto in Britain and Holland in early 1936. The first was with Sir Henry Wood at the Queen's Hall in London. As he was appearing in Utrecht the following day, he travelled by air for the first time, flying to Rotterdam in a KLM Fokker XXII twenty-two-seater plane. He returned to England for a duo recital with Zoltán Székely in the Rushworth Hall, Liverpool and the Second Concerto in Birmingham, with the BBC Midland Orchestra conducted by Leslie Heward. He also delivered the inaugural lecture at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. This chapter also considers some of Bartók's compositions during the period, including Music for String Instruments, Percussion and Celesta; the Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion; Contrasts; and the Second Violin Concerto.

Keywords:   concerts, Béla Bartók, Second Piano Concerto, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, compositions, Contrasts, Second Violin Concerto

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