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Béla Bartók$
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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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‘Two roads are before me’

‘Two roads are before me’


(p.43) Chapter Three ‘Two roads are before me’
Béla Bartók

David Cooper

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on Béla Bartók's musical activities between 1905 and 1906. It first considers Bartók's shift of allegiance to the music of the rural peasantry that allowed him to abrogate the music of the “Magyar people”. It then examines how Bartók exploited the codes of what he understood to be the most ancient and “authentic” strand of Hungarian music, but within the context of a developing modernist style. It also looks at some of Bartók's compositions, including Kossuth and the Scherzo (Burlesque) op. 2 for piano and orchestra. Finally, it describes Bartók's tour as a concert pianist and his search for material for the folk music collection he was planning in collaboration with Zoltán Kodály.

Keywords:   compositions, Béla Bartók, peasantry, Magyar people, Hungarian music, Kossuth, orchestra, folk music, Zoltán Kodály

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